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Scotney Castle

Really a fortified manor house, Scotney Castle was built in c. 1378-80 by Roger Ashburnham. It was strategically sited where the road from Rye and Hastings crossed the valley of the Bewel. The remnants of Ashburnham’s house include the massive round tower rising from the lake-like moat and a ruined gatehouse. An Elizabethan brick range adjoining the tower is all that survives of the 16th-century additions, and jagged walls with gaping windows mark a substantial 17th-century wing. In 1836, Edward Hussey – the creator of the gardens we see today – consulted W.S. Gilpin, the noted landscape designer, in an effort to take advantage of the scenic potential of the site. He knew the castle was too cold and damp for habitation so he had the walls of the castle selectively demolished, leaving the present fairytale ruin.

Visitor Information

Address:
Lamberhurst,
Tunbridge Wells,
Kent,
England,
TN3 8JN

Telephone: 01892 893820

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle

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Scotney Castle, Kent (Accredited Museum)

This collection has 12,880 items online

With over 10 000 objects, the collection at Scotney Castle is the largest National Trust collection in the South East. There is the large library of the Hussey family, assembled since the seventeenth century, but principally by Edward Hussey III (1807-94) and his grandson, the architectural historian Christopher Hussey (1899-1970). Includes a large stock of Victorian books, Christopher Hussey's working collection of books on art, architecture and art history, and a small collection of early guidebooks and similar material assembled by him. The collection of furntiure, ceramics and decorative objects is displayed as it was left by Betty Hussey in 2006.

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