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Thurnham Castle, Maidstone

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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 (grid reference TQ 808 582).

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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  • This is a lovely place if you like outdoors activities. you can take a bike and ride to the castle or just walk from Bearsted Train station. you can also drive and park the car around there and take.....  more »
  • Easy enough to get to from Detling Hill. I parked at White Horse country park. Thurnham castle is a short walk from the car park with some great hilltop views along the way. There aren't much ruins.....  more »
  • A gorgeous spot to go for a walk and have a good look around, fly a kite and eat a picnic. The kids all absolutely loved it!
  • It's a wall in a field. Well maintained considering the age. Signs need some repair as one is almost unreadable.
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