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Brief description of site

Chilham Castle was a medieval deer park of 130 hectares extensively landscaped in the 18th and 19th centuries to include formal and ornamental gardens around the castle.

Brief history of site

A Norman castle was established at Chilham in the 11th century. The present, adjacent house was built in the early-17th century and John Tradescant the Elder laid out the gardens.

Location information:

Address: Chilham, CT4 8DB

Locality: Canterbury

Local Authorities:

Kent; Ashford; Chilham

Historical County: Kent

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 189 Grid Ref: TR067535
Latitude: 51.2432 Longitude: 0.960042


The site is just west of the village of Chilham, 9 miles west of Canterbury and 8 miles east of Ford.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: castle

Site first created: 1066 to 1099

Main period of development: Medieval

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 130

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