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Castle Toll

Castle Toll is located in the civil parish of Newenden, Kent.

The earthworks of a 9th century burh and a mid 13th century fort lie on a tongue of land projecting into the low marsh land between the river Rother and its tributary the Hexden Channel.

Castle Toll Map&Location

Aproximate geographical coordinates: 51.0254, 0.645486.
Maytham Rd, Rolvenden, Kent TN17 4, UK

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Castle Toll - Remains of motte

It consists of a ditch and rampart, now greatly reduced by agriculture, excavations and rabbit burrowing.

The earthwork has every appearance of being Saxon or Danish in origin with the exception of the north-east corner where there appears to be a Norman "mount and bailey" fortification known as Castle Toll.

The motte and bailey is in fair condition whereas the 'earlier' work has been extensively reduced by cultivation.

The defences appear to have been abandoned unfinished: this supports an identification of the site with a half-finished 'work' mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 892 attacked by the Danes known as Eorpeburnan.