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Maidstone House of Walter Maydenstan

In the civil parish of Maidstone.
In the historic county of Kent.
Modern Authority of Kent.
1974 county of Kent.
Medieval County of Kent.

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ76025571
Latitude 51.27341° Longitude 0.52221°

Maidstone House of Walter Maydenstan has been described as a probable Fortified Town House.

There are no visible remains.

Description

Walter Maydenstan, the king's yeoman, was granted a licence to crenellate his house in the town of Maidstone (mansum suum in villa de ... Maydenstan) in 1310.

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1310 July 16 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

Gatehouse is unable to identify or locate this house, although it was different from the Shoford manor in Maidstone parish granted a licence in 1382. Hasted mentions Walter and the licence but does not identify a location for the house. The wording "in the town" is rare in licences and is usually significant implying a town house, rather than a manor house with considerable surrounding grounds.
Leland c1540 mentions a castle in good repair, but this most probably refers to the Archbishop's palace.
The given map reference is Maidstone Town Hall near to the site of the ancient market cross. It is likely Walter's House was somewhere near to the market centre of Maidstone.
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