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Monument details

HER Number:TQ 55 NE 8
Type of record:Monument
Name:Motte

Summary

Motte


Grid Reference:TQ 5550 5874
Map Sheet:TQ55NE
Parish:KEMSING, SEVENOAKS, KENT

Monument Types

  • MOTTE (MOTTE, Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • MOTTE (MOTTE, Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Full description

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On the lower slopes of a slight spur at the foot of the Downs at TQ 55505874 there is a sub-circular platform measuring some 40.0m. in diameter and up to 2.5m. in height: there is no trace of a surrounding ditch. A 17th c. cottage has been set into its southern side and on its W. side there is a dry stone revetment wall probably of comparatively recent construction but containing some quite large blocks. The mound is known locally as the "Castle Bank" and thought to be the site of an adulterine castle but its present condition does not allow identification. No proper reference to it has been found although it is presumed to be the "earthwork" noted by Harrison 20 yds. (sic) to the West of Kemsing Church. (1)


<1> OS Card / NAR index entry, Harrison of Ightham 1928, 58 (E. Harrison) (Unpublished document). SKE6461.


<2> OS Card / NAR index entry, F1 CFW 25-AUG-64 (Unpublished document). SKE6461.


<3> Field report for monument TQ 55 NE 8 - August, 1964 (Bibliographic reference). SKE2751.

Sources and further reading

Cross-ref. Source description
<1>Unpublished document: OS Card / NAR index entry. Harrison of Ightham 1928, 58 (E. Harrison).
<2>Unpublished document: OS Card / NAR index entry. F1 CFW 25-AUG-64.
<3>Bibliographic reference: Field report for monument TQ 55 NE 8 - August, 1964.
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