Eythorne Court

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameEythorne Court
Alternative NamesEgethorne
Historic CountryKent
Modern AuthorityKent
1974 AuthorityKent
Civil ParishEythorne

In 1448 Sir Thomas Browne was granted a licence to crenellate his manor of Egethorne, Kent. Eythorne Court.

C15 in origin, major alterations and extensions C16, C18 and late C19. Flint and red brick, in part rendered, with plain tiled roof. L-shaped building. Entrance in rear courtyard; 2 storey main block faced in C18 red brick, hipped roof with rear stacks with 2 storey hipped wing to left. Irregular fenestration of wooden casements, some with arched heads. Rib and stud door in four centred arched doorway with chamfer and label, all in moulded brickwork, in gabled porch at end left of wing. Garden front: 2 storeys on plinth, all of flint except left end upper storey rebuilt with red brick in English bond. Hipped roof. Two massive offset stacks in flint project at left and at right. Three sashes on first floor, and 2 on ground floor with central panelled door in trellised gabled porch. Blocked round headed openings to left in brick section. Interior: Crown post roof reported. Heavily altered late C19 by the Bethlem Hospital (then owners), destroying many features, but subsequently restored. Possibly originally built mid C15 for Sir Thomas Bourne, granted licence to embattle (and impark). (Listed Building Report)

Sir Thomas Browne, of Beechworth castle, comptroller and treasurer of the household, who in the 27th year of it, obtained the grant of a fair on the day of St. Peter ad vincula yearly, in this parish of Eythorne, and another soon afterwards for liberty to embattle, and impark, and for free warren likewise, within this manor, with other liberties, and in his descendants the property of this manor continued down to Sir Thomas Browne, of Beechworth castle, whose lands were disgavelled by the acts of the 1st and 8th years of queen Elizabeth. (Hasted)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceTR278493
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  • Emery, Anthony, 2006, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 3 Southern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 440
  • Igglesden, Charles, 1927, A Saunter Through Kent with Pen and Pencil Vol. 20 p. 44
  • Hasted, Edward, 1800 (2edn), The history and topographical survey of the county of Kent Vol. 10 p. 64-7 online transcription


  • Coulson, Charles, 2007-8, 'On Crenellating, in Kent and Beyond - A Retrospection' Castle Studies Group Journal Vol. 21 p. 189-201 esp p. 199-200
  • 1980 Oct., Kent Life

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1927, Calendar of Charter Rolls 5 Henry VI - 8 Henry VIII, AD 1427-1516, with an appendix, 1215-1288 Vol. 6. (HMSO) p. 102 online copy