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Bayford Court

Hob Uid: 420089
Location :
Kent
Swale
Non Civil Parish
Grid Ref : TQ9115064000
Summary : Remains of a medieval moat, and a house of circa 1700. Possibly the site of a castle.
More information : [TQ 9115 6400] Moat [NR] (1)

Low banks extend from the church at Sittingbourne to Bayford Court which is surrounded by a moat, three sides of which remain. [See plan AO/LP/62/150.] Bayford Court may be the fortress which the Danish army built at Middleton in 893. Castle Rough (TQ 96 NW 10) is usually said to be the site of the work, but its form is against this view, and it would seem probable that the lines of work about Bayford Court are more likely to have sheltered Hasten's men. (2)

The moat at Bayford Court is as described by Gould, water-filled but in poor condition. The enclosed area, now a kitchen garden, is full of building debris including flint and ragstone. The low banks shown by Gould are practically destroyed but do not appear to have been of any importance. The present Bayford Court is circa 1700 and later in external appearance but there is half-timbered work internally. O.S. published 1:1250 correct.(3)

[TQ 911 640] Bayford Court, listed in the county checklist for moated sites in Kent - December 1979. (4)

Bayford Court moated house may be identical with Bayford "Castle" (seeTQ 96 SW 42). (5)

Listed by Cathcart King as the site of an earlier castle documented in the late 12th century. (6)

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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1961
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Source : The Victoria history of the county of Kent, volume one
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 CFW 08-JUL-63
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Source : Moated Sites Research Group report
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Source : Archaeologia Cantiana : being contributions to the history and archaeology of Kent
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Source : Castellarium anglicanum : an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the islands. Volume I : Anglesey - Montgomery
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Source : The Archaeological Journal
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Vol(s) : 38, 1881

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Bank (Earthwork), Moat
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Late c12
Monument End Date : 1199
Monument Start Date : 1167
Monument Type : Castle
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : c1700
Monument End Date : 1710
Monument Start Date : 1690
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 175721
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TQ 96 SW 15
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON TQ 96 SW 15
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1963-07-08
End Date : 1963-07-08