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Offline ellenkate

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Re: Sandown Castle, near Deal
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2011, 19:21:56 »

Andy and Cocker-

If it is Robin Bavington Jones you mean, the accountant,  yes, he is descended from John Bavington Jones the Dover Express proprietor and historian.

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Re: Sandown Castle, near Deal
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2011, 11:12:25 »
Flicking through the Kent Archaeological Review of Spring 1980 it reports that during December 1979 Sandown Castle was badly damaged during the seawall construction, the damage was listed in the Review as:

a)  A 20ft hole through the 6ft high and 5ft thick outer wall of the moat.
b)  The total demolition of the end of the main entrance causeway whose massive masonary still stood 15ft high.
c)  Extensive damage to lengths of wall-facing over most of the area.

The following report, undertaken by Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit, stated that all damage could have been avoided had the builders reported the masonary immediately after it was detected.  Unfortunately members of the puclic in Deal who were interested in local history had seen the damage occur and had not reported it either.

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Re: Sandown Castle, near Deal
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2010, 00:50:13 »
A plan I aquired some years ago of Sandown Castle.
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Re: Sandown Castle, near Deal
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2010, 15:38:36 »
Islesy comments on Victorian recycling using the stones from Sandown Castle for building Constable's Tower. More recycling than you think. The stones for Sandown (and Deal and walmer) Castle were originally used in monasteries dissolved by Henry Vlll.
I saw some photos some years ago showing the lower floor of the castle almost unaltered from its original state even though the part above ground had been blown up, destroyed and generally removed. The underground part looked much the same as that in Deal Castle, for those who have seen that edifice.
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Re: Sandown Castle, near Deal
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2010, 23:28:16 »
September 2, 1882

The War Department has sanctioned the removal of Sandown Castle, on condition that the site remains the property of the Government. When Henry VIII, as we are told by Bishop Hall, believed it to be the intentions of "divers great princes and potentates of Europe to invade the realm of England, and utterly destroy the whole nation," he caused all the havens to be fortified, "and caused bulwarks to be made on the sea-coast." Sandown Castle was one of those erected by the command of the King. Built in 1539, its stone walls, 20ft. thick towards the sea face, are a still standing monument to its builders. The castle was originally surrounded by a moat, but the encroachments of the sea have removed all trace of it, and the sea now washes the castle walls. When the Parliamentarian Colonel Hutchinson was confined within its walls 200 years ago, "it was," sayes Mr Hutchinson, "a lamentable ruined old place." The Colonel's room had "five doors in it, very bleak, and every tide washed the foot of the walls." This incident, culminated in Hutchinson's death from close confinement in such a place. The value of the position for strategic purposes is evidenced by the resolve of the War Department not to let the Town Council have the freehold. The value of the material is shown by the fact that it is, specially reserved for the building of a suitable residence at Dover for the officer commanding, the South-Eastern Military District. The masonry, notwithstanding its great age, and the influences to which it has been exposed, is a marvel of good workmanship.

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Re: Sandown Castle, near Deal
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2010, 21:32:59 »
John Bavington Jones could be a relation to Mr  Bavington Jones - accountant to Dover Sea cadets ?  .. got me thinking now

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Re: Sandown Castle, near Deal
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2010, 20:51:28 »
A photo made less interesting by my reflection.


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Sandown Castle, near Deal
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2009, 15:51:48 »
Having just read "The Annals of Dover" by John Bavington Jones (published by the Dover Express Works in 1916), the following caught my eye:
"The latest notable work at the Castle was the enlargement of the Constable's Tower in 1883 to fit it for the residence of the General Commanding the South-Eastern District. Old stones from the dismantled Sandown Castle were used so that the enlargement should not be in glaring contrast to the ancient building."
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