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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
PIttlesden; Pitlesden; Pittelesden

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

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ88233317
Latitude 51.06701° Longitude 0.68519°

Tenterden has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


In 1487 John Guldeford received a licence to 'crenellate the manors or tenements of Halden, Tenterden, Brockle and Hertrigge, in the parishes of Rolvenden, Tenderden, Crambroke and Ebney, co. Kent'. According to Hasted the Guldeford Family is associated with two of the many manors in Tenterden. These were 'Pitlesden, or Pittelesden, as it was antiently spelt, is situated near the west end of this town' and Kenchill. The first seems to be the main holding. PIttlesden Gatehouse, recorded in Pastscape as 'A four-bay medieval hall, very heavily modernised. Reputedly a gatehouse of the old manor house but there is no documentary evidence to prove this.' is roughly of the right date to be a building produced by this licence. This is a timber framed building, one of three gatehouses to a demolished C14 manor.

PITLESDEN, or Pittelesden, as it was antiently spelt, is situated near the west end of this town. It was once a seat of some note, being the residence of a family of that name, who bore for their arms, Sable, a fess, between three pelicans, or, in whose possession it continued till Stephen Pitlesden, (Philipott, p. 337. See Coll. Peer. vol. ii. p. 302) about the reign of Henry VI. leaving an only daughter and heir Julian, she carried it in marriage to Edward Guldeford, esq. of Halden. (Hasted)

Thought to be the only remaining gatehouse of 3 belonging to a demolished C14 mansion. A timber-framed cottage with plaster infilling, the west end over-hanging on the protruding ends of the floor joists and curved brackets. 2 storeys. Half hipped roof. 2 casement windows. The interior preserves its divisions of solar, hall and service. (Listed Building Report)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1487 Oct 6 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

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