Located southeast of Lamberhurst, Kent, Scotney Castle is named
after the De Scoteni family who held the land here.
The river which divides the two counties of Kent and Sussex, once ran through
the centre of the ground on which the house stands.
History of Scotney Castle
Walter de Scoteni held it in 13th century. He held a total of 14 knights fees
and was found guilty of poisoning both Richard, Earl of Gloucester and his brother, William de
Clare, he was later hanged for his crimes. The estate continued in same family till c1350’s, when
it went to the Ashburnhams.
The original property of Scotney Castle may have been a
manor house, as it is reported that in the reign of Richard II (1377-99) the property was
castellated, however, it was Roger Ashburnham who built the castle here c 1358.
In the 15th century, the property went to Henry Chicheley, Archbishop of
Canterbury, who resided there and he in turn gave it to his niece on her marriage to John
The property had built into the design secret hiding places, which were used in
16th century by a Jesuit priest to avoid arrest, as at that time they were regarded as
enemies of the state.
In the 17th century, a house was built as an attachment of the castle.
In 1724 the property was sold to Mr John Richards of Robertsbridge, who sold it,
and the farm adjoining, to Edward Hussey who built a new house in 1837 which enjoyed the
picturesque view of the ruined castle.
The Scotney Castle's property is now in the hands of the
Scotney Castle Visitor Info
For upadated details about opening times and tickets visit the official website.
You also can get in touch with Scotney Castle's office using this contact
Phone: 01892893820 (Infoline)
Scotney Castle Map&Location
Scotney Castle is located at the following address: Lamberhurst, Kent TN3, UK.
Use the map provided bellow to get help with directions:
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