#12 Allington Castle
Kent, England
~1140, 1279-99 and later
This is NOT an official Lego site

The first Allington Castle was built about 1140 by William de Warenne, 2nd Earl of Surrey.  The castle, likely mostly constructed of timbers, was built on a motte [earthen mound] next to the River Medway about 3 miles (by road) from Maidstone. An expansion of the castle without royal approval resulted in the 'slighting' [demolition] of Allington in 1174.  The next we hear of Allington is in 1279 when Edward I gave Stephen of Penchester a license to crenellate [fortify] his manor house, built upon the remnants of the original castle. The castle passed by marriage to the Cobham family, who owned the castle until 1492. The quadrangular castle, with six round and several square towers at the corners and mid-wall was altered and embellished several times by the Cobham family, but even by the beginning of the 15th century the castle was in very bad condition.
Allington was acquired by Sir Henry Wyatt in 1492, with major alterations approved by Henry Tudor, who later became King Henry VII. The courtyard was divided, and new kitchens and stables built.  The castle was visited not only by Henry Vii, but also King Henry VIII on three occasions. Henry's son, poet Thomas Wyatt, was born at Allington in 1503, but but sadly his sone, also Thomas Wyatt was forced to forfeit the castle and its estates after he supported an unsuccessful rebellion against Queen Mary.  Sir Thomas was executed, and the rest of the family apparently migrated to America!  The castle and its environs were granted to John Ashley, Queen Elizabeth I's Master of the Jewel House, in 1568, but most of the Great Hall and the northeast wing were destroyed in a terrible fire soon thereafter.  While some repairs and improvements were made to the castle over the next two centuries, new owners generally did not actually live in the castle, but in farmhouses adjacent to the castle or elsewhere.
By the late 19th century the castle has experienced another fire, and deterioration continued to the point that parts of the castle were used as a quarry.  In 1895 retired London attorney Dudley Falke rented the castle ruin, and began a restoration project. Within the decade, it proved too expensive and he persuaded Sir William Conway and his American wife to look at the castle.  They immediately fell in love with the ruin, and purchased Allington from Lord Romney for 4,800, spending the next 30 years restoring the castle. When now Lord Conway died in 1937, his archeologist daughter Agnes adn her husband inherited the castle.  When Agnes died in 1950, the castle was sold to the Order of Carmelites for 15,000.  The friars continued restoring Allington, in 1999 the castle was sold to Sir Robert Worchester. While not open to the public, it is available for rent for weddings and other events.



Cast of TV series
"Covington Cross"

 

Plan of the castle grounds
Ground Floor Plan

 

Photos of the Lego Model
Built July 1987
View from right side
View from front

 

Build Your Own
Lego Plan


Other Allington Castle pages:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allington_Castle
https://allington-castle.com/
http://www.ecastles.co.uk/allington.html

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