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Tower Entrance, Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst, Kent

This enchanting corner shows the entrance to the Ashburnham Tower of Scotney Castle.

The castel was originally a 12th century fortified manor house, founded by Lambert de Scoteni. In 1378, Roger de Ashburnham founded an irregular stone quadrangle castle, with an outer ward apparently in response to the threat of invasion by France. For 350 years Scotney Castle was the home of the Catholic Darell family.The circular Ashburnham Tower is the only one of the four original towers left standing. In the 1830's Edward Hussey transformed the medieval Scotney Castle from derelict dwelling to quaint ruin, thus forming the focus of his picturesque landscape garden, which he called his pleasure gardens. The property is now looked after by the National Trust.

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Taken on April 26, 2003