Eynsford Castle, Eynsford

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Eynsford Castle is a ruined medieval fortification in Eynsford, Kent. Built on the site of an earlier Anglo-Saxon stone burh, the castle was constructed by William de Enysford, probably between 1085 and 1087, to protect the lands of Lanfranc, the Archbishop of Canterbury, from Odo, the Bishop of Bayeux. It comprised an inner and an outer bailey, the former protected by a stone curtain wall. In 1130 the defences were improved, and a large stone hall built in the inner bailey. The de Enysford family held the castle until their male line died out in 1261, when it was divided equally between the Heringaud and de Criol families. A royal judge, William Inge, purchased half of the castle in 1307, and arguments ensued between him and his co-owner, Nicholas de Criol, who ransacked Eynsford in 1312. The castle was never reoccupied and fell into ruins, and in the 18th century it was used to hold hunting kennels and stables. The ruins began to be restored after 1897, work intensifying after 1948 when the Ministry of Works took over the running of the castle. In the 21st century, Eynsford Castle is managed by English Heritage and is open to visitors.
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  • This should be listed as Eynsford castle ruins, it isn't an entire castle. You can walk around the castle ruins in about 15-20mins if you stop to read read the plaques. It is free though.  more »
  • Went in at 10 to 9 to order food. Like to order some food please. We've stopped serving. What time do you stop serving, l thought it was 9 o'clock? It is. So what's the time now then? 10 to 9. 10 to 9...  more »
  • You could drive through Eynsford many times and not realise there was a relatively large Norman castle in the village. As you enter the village from Farningham look for the sign for the village hall o...  more »
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  • Good quiet space. Some information boards but nice to have a picnic on the grass
  • Great little place for a relaxing afternoon. Space enough for 15 cars or so, right on the the river and close to local pubs/shops
  • A hidden gem - a lovely place for a picnic and always quiet.
  • Lovely, peaceful place to come for a picnic and setting.
  • Eynesford Castle is a fascinating place and free to get in as well. In the centre of the pretty village of Eynesford there is planty of parking and although this is a ruin it still has some of the walls in place. A pretty place to visit in the Spring.

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