Allington Castle

Allington Castle from the opposite bank of the Medway

Allington Castle is a stone-built moated castle in Allington, just north of Maidstone, Kent. It is a Grade I listed building. Much of the stonework was laid in an intricate herringbone pattern which is still visible today. It was the birthplace in 1521 of rebel leader Thomas Wyatt.

The manor house on the site was fortified by Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports Stephen de Penchester in 1281 after a licence to crenellate was issued by Edward I. It was converted to a mansion in 1492 when the Wyatt family acquired the property. Towards the end of the 16th century whilst under the ownership of the Wyatt family the castle was badly damaged by fire, remaining largely derelict until 1905 when it was restored by Sir Martin Conway.

In 1951 the castle became home to a convent of the Order of Carmelites.

In 1965 the castle was used as a location for "Castle De'ath" Episode 5, Series 4 of the cult series The Avengers.

The castle is currently the private residence of the psephologist Sir Robert Worcester and Lady Worcester and is used as a conference centre. It is not open to the public.


Interesting Notes

The castle was also used to film many of the exterior scenes in the famous TV series "Colditz" during the seventies, starring Robert Wagner and David Mc Callum.MTB.


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