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Leybourne Castle
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2011, 18:36:32 »
This castle was built in 1166 by Sir Phillip de Lelebourne, the name Lelebourne derives from the original name of Leybourne which was Lilibourne (little stream or river).  The castle was a small bailey and moat castle with a hall and gatehouse.  There is no longer any evidence of the hall and much of the castle is ruinous with a house built within it.  Initially a 16th century house was built here by Walter Godfrey but a later house was built on the foundations of this house in 1931.  The random rubble stone gatehouse comprises of a gateway flanked by two drum towers, which are still intact to the first floor level.  These towers retain their arrow-loops, portcullis grooves and a water-shoot, which shows evidence it was once lined with lead.  There is also an old well in the eastern drum tower.  Inside the guardhouse is evidence of a vaulted garderobe.


 

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