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Offline Maid of Kent

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Re: Tankerton Castle
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2013, 22:31:47 »
Delighted to see that the Castle has been restored and is being put to good use. I often used to wander through the grounds when I was a child. I used to spend a lot of time watching the bowls on the green and the grounds were always very well kept. Another memory was all the snow in 1947on the boughs of the cedar trees that ran along side the building up the side of the Tankerton Rd

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« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2012, 14:28:04 »
Nice photos, thanks for sharing them :)

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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2012, 08:34:38 »
Last year I spent a few weeks volunteering at Whitstable Castle (as it's now known), I pretty much had the run of the place for a couple of hours on a Monday. It's a fantastically twee and quaint building and I found it quite hard to 'read' as it's been constantly added to over the last 200 years.

It started off as a folly tower and grew from that into a salubrious seaside holiday home, today it's owned by Canterbury city council and run by a trust, there's more details about the history on thier website:
http://www.whitstablecastle.co.uk/history-pictures.html

Anyone can make a visit to the castle, and provided theres not too much going on (weddings, christenings, birthday etc), you can get a free tour by asking at reception.

The castle has been retored and enhanced with great care and attention to detail, the gardens have been relaid and planted out with a great variety of flora, it's probablly the closest thing Whitstable has to a park, and it's also handy for free parking!

The castle today


A new roof terrace, created as part of the 'refit'


View  from the roof terrace, Whitstable harbour in the distance



Sun set from the castle


The main staircase



My 'art shot' of the staircase looking up (I had to lay flat on the wooden floor to get this one!)


The Orangery tea rooms, this is what (sort of) used to be attached to the castle when it was a private residence, I think it was originally wood, and was pulled down to make way for an office extenison when the castle became the home of Whitstable Urban District Council.
(hoping my photos are not too big this time  :) )
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Offline Riding With The Angels

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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2011, 16:23:33 »
Is it not now Whitstable Castle? Odd that it should come under Seasalter parish when there was already a Whitstable parish!

Very informative thanks.

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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2011, 22:13:36 »
Beautiful pictures BenG, thank you for adding them  :)

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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2011, 20:12:47 »
Thank you BenG for sharing some pictures from your 'special day' :) For purposes of the building of course :)

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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2011, 18:11:12 »
Haven't got many of the building (obviously) from the wedding day.





Inside:




One of the happy couple:


Some of the recent work:





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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2011, 13:35:40 »
Ha, not sure my wedding is really a notable point in Kent's history but I'll see if I can dig out some pitcures that show the building.

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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2011, 10:16:57 »
The castle has recently undergone a major face lift with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and has not long been finished.
I got married there in summer 2007 and it made for a great venue.


Castle by ben_gibbs, on Flickr

 

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