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Polton Manor

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Poltmans; Poulton

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

OS Map Grid Reference: TR28055772
Latitude 51.27340° Longitude 1.26829°

Polton Manor has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

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

Description

THE MANOR OF POLTON, as it is usually called, is situated in the part of this parish next to Ash; its original name was Poltmans, being so called from a family who resided at it, their mansion here being castellated and surrounded with a moat, and they continued lords of it down to Peter Poltman, who was possessed of it in the reign of king Richard II. in the 15th year of which he passed it away, by fine, to Langley, of Knolton, in whom the possession of it remained till king Henry VI.'s reign, when it was alienated to Sir John Whyte, of Canterbury, whose descendant Thomas Whyte, in pursuance of his father's will, which directed it to be sold for charitable uses, conveyed it to Richard Boteler, of Heronden, in Eastry, and in his descendants it staid till the beginning of king James I.'s reign, when William Boteler sold it to Benskin, from whom it descended down to Vincent Benskin, who possessed it in the 22d year of king Charles II. (Hasted)

A shallow depression, to the east of the house alongside the road, which is wet in winter, is probably the only remains of the moat. (PastScape ref. Field Investigators Comments F1 FGA 02.JUL.64)
Comments

A lost moated and castellated house. Quite what the nature of the battlement on the house were is open to question but likely to be decorative although this is true of many house licenced to have crenellations.
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