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Stone Castle

In the civil parish of Stone.
In the historic county of Kent.
Modern Authority of Kent.
1974 county of Kent.
Medieval County of Kent.

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ58407405
Latitude 51.44329° Longitude 0.27786°

Stone Castle has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


Stone Castle. Now offices of the Blue Circle Group. Mediaeval and circa 1825. In the south-east corner of the building is a mediaeval, probably late C12, square tower of 3 storeys faced with knapped flints with some stone quoins. Parapet over it. Two arrow slit windows in the north wall and a circular stair turret. The other windows are modern. To the north-west of this is a house of circa 1825 which was altered by Henry Hakewill (died 1830). Two storeys 5 windows. Faced with knapped flints with long and short quoins of yellow brick. Stone stringcourse and cornice. Castellated parapet of knapped flints. Spindly stock brick clustered chimney stacks. Twin sash windows with dripstones over them. Projection of 3 storeys in the centre with similar quoins at its angles, porch on the ground floor containing a 4-centred arch, machicolation at the top and castellated parapet over. The west front has 7 windows and 2 bays of 3 windows each on both floors with similar quoins at the angle of each face. The interior has some trefoil-headed panelling of circa 1830. In the C16 the controller of Calais, Sir John Wyllshire lived here and Cardinal Wolsey is reputed to have stayed here on his way to Calais. (Listed Building Report)

STONE-CASTLE is an antient castellated seat in this parish, standing on an eminence, a small distance southward from the high road from London to Dover. The square tower at the east end of it is the only part that bears the appearance of its ever having been a fortress. It had once the reputation of a manor, as appears by the book of aid in the 20th year of king Edward III. when Sir John de Northwood answered for the manor of Stone-castle as half a knight's fee, which Henry de Northwood before held in Stone of the bishop of Rochester. (Hasted)

There may be some confusion in some records between Stone Court the residence of the bishop of Rochester and Stone Castle, a manor house held from the bishop for half a knights fee.
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