If you like Norman Castle you can’t miss Tonbridge Castle. Tonbridge in Kent is not a very big place but it is an ideal place for a day trip.
History of the castle
When the Normans conquered the south of England in 1066 they brought with them the art of making castles and as they wanted to protect their new territory they immediately set to work. The construction of Tonbridge Castle was given to Richard de Clare.
This point was strategically important because it controlled the River Medway. However, keep in mind that this area of England was full of fortifications and castles, many of which remain today, or at least their ruins.
Initially Tonbridge castle was made of wood but did not last long, in fact in 1088 the de Clare family rebelled against the new King William II who decided to besiege and destroy the fortress and also the houses of the town.
But the De Clare family rebuilt another fortress, this time in stone, which they reinforced over the next century. Eventually the whole town of Tonbridge was surrounded by walls.
What catches the eye is the facade or gatehouse with the two towers, very similar to that of Caerphilly Castle in Wales.
Tonbridge Castle was abandoned in the 1500s until 1900 when it became offices. Now you can visit it, to see the inside of the castle you will have to pay, but you can visit around the fortress for free.
If you have time, you can follow a path called Tudor Trail which starts from here and goes all the way to Penhurst Place. It is about 10 km long and can be easily done by bike.
What is that spire outside Charing Cross station in London?
The cross was destroyed in the year 1647 by the Puritans during the English Civil War. After the construction of Charing Cross station in 1865, a reproduction of Eleanor Cross was created and placed outside the station and not in its original place in Trafalgar Square where the equestrian sculpture dedicated to Carlo.
The reproduction was created by the architect EM Barry himself who built the railway station. He used uncommon images available from the original. at the top, there are eight images of Eleonora, 4 as a queen, with imperial symbols and 4 represented as a Christian. Below are curved angels and shields with royal weapons and those of Ponthieu, Castile and Leon, all copied from still extant Eleanor Crosses who were at Waltham Cross and Northampton.
What is special about King Tut’s brooch?
Isabella Beeton – Author of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management
- Skin8 months ago
Natural exfoliants that you can make at home
- Nature7 months ago
Where to see seals and dolphins in London
- Nature6 months ago
Why is the London plane tree so special?
- Exhibition5 months ago
London, exhibition of royal portraits in Greenwich
- Beauty & Fashion6 months ago
Were Edwardian women waists ‘photoshopped’?
- Cinema7 months ago
Discover Louis Wain’s cats before the movie with Benedict Cumberbatch comes out
- Nature8 months ago
A reason to feed the birds!
- News5 months ago
Alexandra Palace’s beer garden will reopen soon