Maidstone House of Walter Maydenstan

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Town House

There are no visible remains

NameMaidstone House of Walter Maydenstan
Alternative Names
Historic CountryKent
Modern AuthorityKent
1974 AuthorityKent
Civil ParishMaidstone

Walter Maydenstan, the king's yeoman, was granted a licence to crenellate his house in the town of Maidstone (mansum suum in villa de ... Maydenstan) in 1310.

Gatehouse Comments

Gatehouse is unable to identify or locate this house, although it was different from the Shoford manor in Maidstone parish granted a licence in 1382. Hasted mentions Walter and the licence but does not identify a location for the house. The wording "in the town" is rare in licences and is usually significant implying a town house, rather than a manor house with considerable surrounding grounds. Leland c1540 mentions a castle in good repair, but this most probably refers to the Archbishop's palace. The given map reference is Maidstone Town Hall near to the site of the ancient market cross. It is likely Walter's House was somewhere near to the market centre of Maidstone.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ760557
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  • Coulson, C., 1995, 'Battlements and the Bourgeoisie: Municipal Status and the Apparatus of Urban Defence' in Church, Stephen (ed), Medieval Knighthood Vol. 5 (Boydell) p. 194n297
  • Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 406 online copy
  • Hasted, Edward, 1798 (2edn), The history and topographical survey of the county of Kent Vol. 4 p. 260- online transcription


  • Davis, Philip, 2010-11, 'Crenellated town houses in Medieval England' Castle Studies Group Journal Vol. 24 p. 270-91
  • Coulson, Charles, 2007-8, 'On Crenellating, in Kent and Beyond - A Retrospection' Castle Studies Group Journal Vol. 21 p. 189-201 esp p. 194

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1894, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward II (1307-13) Vol. 1 p. 271 online copy