Stowting Castle

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameStowting Castle
Alternative NamesCastle Mound
Historic CountryKent
Modern AuthorityKent
1974 AuthorityKent
Civil ParishStowting

The motte and bailey castle at Stowting survives particularly well, and since it shows no signs of having been seriously disturbed it is of high archaeological potential. The unusual lowland siting of the castle adds to the diversity of such monuments in Kent, where most of the known examples occupy high ground. The monument includes a motte and bailey castle which comprises a central steeply-sided earthen mound, or motte, surrounded by a broad ditch, with a second ditch defining an outer defended area, or bailey. The central motte has a roughly circular flat top measuring 35m in diameter. The large quantities of tile on the surface of the motte show that this area was used for buildings during the medieval period. Flint nodules embedded in the upper slapes of the mound suggest that the sides were paved in this material, perhaps simply for decorative effect. The ditch around the motte, which was supplied with water from the old course of the river on the western side, averages 12m in width and 1.3m in depth, although it has been partially infilled by soil eroded from the mound and would originally have been deeper. The position of the access bridge onto the motte is visible as a slight causeway across the moat on the north side. The bailey is a flat area of varying width which is raised above the level of the surrounding land by about 0.5m to reduce the risk of flooding. In this area would have been sited a wide range of buildings such as stables and workshops. The bailey was itself bounded by a second water-filled moat, this one 8-9m wide, which provided an outer line of defence. This moat has been infilled to a greater degree than the inner moat and survives only as a slight depression in the field on the northern side of the castle. The old river course on the western side was incorporated into this circuit and so is an integral part of the castle remains

(Scheduling Report)

'Castle Field', to the north west of Stowting Church, was (in 1845) surrounded by a double moat, partly filled up and planted with firs (Wrench). Motte and bailey castle. The motte and its ditch are tree covered and in excellent condition. There is a heavy scatter of flint and tile on the top of the mount. The bailey, of rather unusual form, is almost destroyed (F1 CFW 22 4 63). The motte and bailey, known locally as Castle Mound, was examined without excavation as part of a general search of Stowting parish during the winter of 1971-2. Trenches were cut across the inner moat and into the mound at the North West in the early 1920s but no record was kept of the finds, which included pottery. The top of the motte was also disturbed during the 1939-45 war (Bradshaw). (PastScape)

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTR122420
HyperLink HyperLink HyperLink

No photos available. If you can provide pictures please contact Castlefacts

Most of the sites or buildings recorded in this web site are NOT open to the public and permission to visit a site must always be sought from the landowner or tenant.

Calculate Print


  • Salter, Mike, 2000, The Castles of Kent (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 74
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 234
  • Guy, John, 1980, Kent Castles (Meresborough Books)
  • Wrench, F., 1845, A Brief Account of the Parish of Stowting p. 5 online copy
  • Hasted, Edward, 1799 (2edn), The history and topographical survey of the county of Kent Vol. 8 p. 46-51 (parish history, no mention of castle) online transcription


  • Bradshaw, J., 1972, 'Investigations and Excavations during the Year' Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 87 p. 232 online copy


  • Historic England, 2016, Heritage at Risk South East Register 2016 (London: Historic England) p. 48 online copy
  • Historic England, 2015, Heritage at Risk South East Register 2015 (London: Historic England) p. 48 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2014, Heritage at Risk Register 2014 South East (London: English Heritage) p. 52 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2013, Heritage at Risk Register 2013 South East (London: English Heritage) p. 48 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2012, Heritage at Risk Register 2012 South East (London: English Heritage) p. 58 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2011, Heritage at Risk Register 2011 South East (London: English Heritage) p. 54 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2010, Heritage at Risk Register 2010 South East (London: English Heritage) p. 51 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2009, Heritage at Risk Register 2009 South East (London: English Heritage) p. 55 online copy