Queenborough Town Defences

Has been described as a Questionable Urban Defence

There are no visible remains

NameQueenborough Town Defences
Alternative Names
Historic CountryKent
Modern AuthorityKent
1974 AuthorityKent
Civil ParishQueenborough

C14 Defences planned but probably never built or never completed. (Bond)

Gatehouse Comments

Quite what the evidence is for this statement by Bond is unclear. The Queenborough Borough records are catalogued in the National Archives and do not seem to have anything related to urban defences. The site is one which would have needed sea flood defences and drainage ditches which can be recorded in medieval records in a manner similar to military defences. Given map reference is for parish church of Holy Trinity which dates back at least to C11. Queenborough was a new borough of the C14, but was based on an earlier village and no new church seems to have been built so presumably whatever defences there were, of whatever form or intended function, this church would have been within the circuit.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ909723
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  • Creighton, O.H. and Higham, R.A., 2005, Medieval Town Walls (Stroud: Tempus) p. 72, 193, 216, 262
  • Bond, C.J., 1987, 'Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Defences' in Schofield, J. and Leech, R. (eds) Urban Archaeology in Britain (CBA Research Report 61) p. 92-116 online copy
  • Beresford, M.W., 1967, New Towns of the Middle Ages (London) p. 457


  • Woodruff, C.E., 1897, 'Notes on the Municipal Records of Queenborough' Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 22 p. 169-85 online copy


  • Susie Barson, Jonathan Clarke, Geraint Franklin, Joanna Smith, 2006, Queenborough, Isle of Sheppey, Kent; Historic Area Appraisal (English Heritage. Research Department Report Series 39/2006)
  • Kent County Council, December 2004, Kent Historic Towns Survey (Kent County Council and English Heritage) view online copy