Eynsford, Kent, England

Eynsford Castle

Eynsford Castle

Eynsford Castle is an early Norman ‘enclosure castle’. Begun by William de Eynsford I in the late 1080s , the castle was later the subject of a hotly disputed inheritance, which reached a climax in 1312 when one of the claimants broke in and vandalised it. Soon afterwards the castle was abandoned, and by the 18th century many of the buildings had fallen into disrepair. It is now in the care of English Heritage.

 

The castle is reputedly haunted. Witnesses have reported a particular cold spot in the earthworks of the empty moat.

Eynsford Castle,

Eynsford,

Kent,

DA4 0AA.

 

For further information, please visit:

www.english-heritage.org.uk

 

For further information, please read Haunted Castles of Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones.

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Eynsford is a village in Kent, England.

Eynsford is first mentioned in writing in 864, as "Egenes homme". The derivation is unclear, but one possibility is that it represents "Ægen's river-meadow", from the Old English hamm "river-meadow, enclosure".

Pictured left is Eynsford Castle courtesy of Richard Nevell. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.