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Thurnham Castle
Kent, England
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Remains of Thurnham Castle
Coordinates 51°17′39″N 0°35′30″E / 51.29422°N 0.59178°E / 51.29422; 0.59178Coordinates: 51°17′39″N 0°35′30″E / 51.29422°N 0.59178°E / 51.29422; 0.59178
Type Motte and bailey
Site information
Owner Kent County Council
Open to
the public
Yes
Condition Ruin
Site history
Materials Flint

Thurnham Castle or Godard's Castle is situated to the north of the village of Thurnham which is 3 miles north-east of Maidstone, Kent .

It is a 12th-century flint-built castle constructed by Robert of Thurnham in the reign of Henry II on a hill on the edge of the North Downs. One side of the bailey wall still stands 10 foot high and originally it enclosed an area of about a quarter of an acre.

In the 12th century, the site belonged to the de Say family and then the Thurnhams.

The site has been acquired by Kent County Council and included in the White Horse Millennium wood and Country Park Project. Much of the site has been cleared of undergrowth and public access has been provided.

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