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Tower of Sir Edward Ringeley

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

OS Map Grid Reference: TR348628
Latitude 51.31648° Longitude 1.36844°

Tower of Sir Edward Ringeley has been described as a probable Artillery Fort.

There are no visible remains.


Leland writes 'Sir Edward Ringeley has a tower or fortress by the coast beyond the (Stour) estuary mouth.' (Chandler) 'Syr Eduard Ringesle hath a tour, or pile, byyond the mouth of the haven on the shore' (Toulmin-Smith).

Not Sandwich castle but where was the coast and estuary in Leland's time? Was this an artillery fort covering Sandwich Bay?
The will of Sir Edward Ringeley, marshall of Calais, MP and bailiff of Sandwich, who died in 1543, survived and is transcribed in Nicolas but does not help in identifying this tower. Ringeley (aka Rindgeley, Ryngeley, Ryngysley, Rynseley, Rindgeley, Rynsle) had the position and authority to build such a tower and other small private artillery forts were built (ie the initial Camber Castle built 1512 by Edward Guldeford to defend Rye harbour). Ringeley also had expertise in building fortifications developed in Scotland and Calais and he was entrusted with the erection of new fortifications on the Downs in 1539. Leland was writing before the construction of the Downs forts but it may just be possible that, as at Camber, the earlier private fort was incorporated into Sandown Castle although this could only loosely be said to occupy the position described by Leland. Alternatively Ringeley's tower was very short lived (a position on the shore making it particularly susceptible to coastal erosion) and quickly forgotten and lost from record.
Given map reference for Shell Ness which fits the location given by Leland but is very approximate.
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