Has been described as a Questionable Uncertain

There are no visible remains

Alternative Names
Historic CountryKent
Modern AuthorityKent
1974 AuthorityKent
Civil ParishDartford

Leland includes Dartford in a list of places in Kent with a castle.

Gatehouse Comments

Unlikely to be the priory/palace as Leland's Kent notes predate the rebuilding of that site. Possibly a blockhouse. It is also possible that Leland was just referring to the royal docks and works already in existence here and at Woolwich, or to the known blockhouses at Gray's etc. built to protect these docks. A last alternative explanation is that this is actually a reference to Deptford Castle which Leland does not, otherwise, mention.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid Reference

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  • Chandler, John, 1993, John Leland's Itinerary: travels in Tudor England  (Sutton Publishing) p. 250
  • Toulmin-Smith, Lucy (ed), 1909, The itinerary of John Leland in or about the years 1535-1543 (London: Bell and Sons) Vol. 4 p. 47 online copy