Polton Manor

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NamePolton Manor
Alternative NamesPoltmans; Poulton
Historic CountryKent
Modern AuthorityKent
1974 AuthorityKent
Civil ParishWoodnesborough

THE MANOR OF POLTON, as it is usually called, is situated in the part of this parish next to Ash; its original name was Poltmans, being so called from a family who resided at it, their mansion here being castellated and surrounded with a moat, and they continued lords of it down to Peter Poltman, who was possessed of it in the reign of king Richard II. in the 15th year of which he passed it away, by fine, to Langley, of Knolton, in whom the possession of it remained till king Henry VI.'s reign, when it was alienated to Sir John Whyte, of Canterbury, whose descendant Thomas Whyte, in pursuance of his father's will, which directed it to be sold for charitable uses, conveyed it to Richard Boteler, of Heronden, in Eastry, and in his descendants it staid till the beginning of king James I.'s reign, when William Boteler sold it to Benskin, from whom it descended down to Vincent Benskin, who possessed it in the 22d year of king Charles II. (Hasted)

A shallow depression, to the east of the house alongside the road, which is wet in winter, is probably the only remains of the moat. (PastScape ref. Field Investigators Comments F1 FGA 02.JUL.64)

Gatehouse Comments

A lost moated and castellated house. Quite what the nature of the battlement on the house were is open to question but likely to be decorative although this is true of many house licenced to have crenellations.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceTR280577
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  • Newman, John, 1983, Buildings of England: North east and east Kent (Harmondsworth) p. 130
  • Gould, I. Chalkley, 1908, in Page, Wm (ed), VCH Kent Vol. 1 p. 428 online copy
  • Hasted, Edward, 1799 (2edn), The history and topographical survey of the county of Kent Vol. 10 p. 138 [online copy > ]


  • Bond, C.J., 1979, Moated Sites Research Group Report No. 6 p. 48
  • Tatton-Brown, T., 1977, 'Investigations and Excavations during the Year' Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 93 p. 222 online copy