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Historic Buildings of Kent


The object of this project is to provide information about historic buildings in the county of Kent, with links to sub-projects for specific buildings as appropriate. GENi profiles of people associated with those establishments can be linked to this project and/or to individual projects where they have been set up.

Image right - Hever Castle

Image Geograph © Copyright Paul Gillett and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence.
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If you have information about any of the Buildings mentioned below please share it here. If you have ancestors linked to any of the places please add them to the project.

Historic houses in alphabetical order

ncluding Castles, Abbeys, Priories, Manor Houses, Mansions, Stately Homes, Country houses, Estate houses, Courts, Halls, Parks and other listed buildings of historic interest.

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● Agnes Court

● Allington Castle

● Archbishop's Palace, Maidstone


● Barham Court

● Beachborough Manor

● Belmont House and Gardens

● Bleak House, Broadstairs

● Boughton Place

● Boughton Monchelsea Place

● Bradbourne House


Chartwell House was the principal adult home of Sir Winston Churchill. Churchill and his wife Clementine bought the property, located two miles south of Westerham, Kent, England, in 1922.

● Chevening

● Chiddingstone Castle

● Chilham Castle

Cobham Hall - today an independent day and boarding school for girls housed in a Tudor era manor, which is now Grade I listed.There has been a manor house on the site since the 12th century. See Sir John de Cobham. The current building consists of a pair of Tudor wings built for William Brooke, 10th Baron Cobham in the 16th century and a later classical central block, the 'Cross Wing', remodelled in 1661-63 by Peter Mills of London, for Charles Stewart, 3rd Duke of Richmond. The attic storey was extended and other alterations made for John Bligh, 3rd Earl of Darnley, by Sir William Chambers, ca 1767-70. The fourth earl, who inherited in 1781, employed James Wyatt extensively, for interiors that included the Picture Gallery and the Dining Room, and for stables and a Gothic dairy. The Library was fitted up by George Stanley Repton in 1817-20, and with his son, John Adey Repton, in Jacobethan style, including the ceiling for "Queen Elizabeth's Room" (1817). Cobham Hall remained the family home of the Earls of Darnley until 1957 and is now home to the school.


● Doddington Place

● Dorton House


● Eastwell Park

● Eyhorne Manor


● Finchcocks

● Franks Hall


● Gads Hill Place

● Godinton House

● The Grange, Ramsgate

● Great Maytham Hall

● Goodnestone Park


● Hadlow Castle

Hever Castle - located in the village of Hever, Kent, near Edenbridge, began as a country house, built in the 13th century. From 1462 to 1539 it was the seat of the Boleyn, originally 'Bullen', family. Anne Boleyn, the second queen consort of King Henry VIII of England, spent her early youth there, after her father, Thomas Boleyn had inherited it in 1505 when the castle passed to him upon the death of his father, Sir William Boleyn. It later came into the possession of King Henry's fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. In the 21st century the castle is a tourist attraction.

● Holcombe Manor

● Hollingbourne Manor

● The Hospital of St Thomas, Canterbury


● Ightham Mote



● Kingsgate Castle

Knole House Sevenoaks - residence of [His Eminence Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury who died there on March 30, 1486.

● Knowlton Court


// Castle

Image by Peter Dicks

Leeds Castle (Olive, Lady Baillie) (now owned by Leeds Castle Foundation) 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Maidstone. A castle has been on the site since 1119. In the 13th century it came into the hands of King Edward I, for whom it became a favourite residence; in the 16th century, Henry VIII used it as a residence for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. The castle today dates mostly from the 19th century and is built on islands in a lake formed by the River Len to the east of the village of Leeds. It has been open to the public since 1976.

● Linton Park

● Long Barn

Loose Court In the 33d year of king Henry VIII. the lessee of this manor was Stephen Astyn, who was succeeded in the 30th year of queen Elizabeth by John Smythe. In the year 1630 Robert Swinock was tenant of it, who held it till after the death of king Charles. In 1661 the lease of it was granted to Alabaster Fludd, esq. who in 1675 was succeeded by Benjamin Calamy, D. D. In 1669 Abraham Campion, D. D. was the lessee; but in 1724 William Barrowby, M. D. held it, and soon afterwards parted with his interest in it to John Hayes, as he did to Thomas Crispe, commonly called, as well as his descendants, Cripps, to whom the lease of it was granted in 1734; in which name it continued down to Mr. Thomas Crispe, gent. who resided here, and by his continual improvements to the grounds and waters of it, rendered this place as delightful and pleasant a spot, as a ferme ornee, as any this part of Kent can boast of. His only son, John Crispe, succeeded him here, and died s. p. in 1792, upon which it came to his sister Elizabeth, whose husband, Mr. John Pensold [Penfold], of Maidstone, became in her right entitled to the possession of the lease of this manor.

● Lullingstone Castle

● Lympne Castle


● Mereworth Castle

● Mersham le Hatch

● Mote Park



● Olantigh

● Old Soar Manor

● Owletts

● Owl House

● Oxon Hoath


● Pattyndenne Manor

● Penshurst Place

● Port Lympne Mansion

Preston Hall, Aylesford


● Quebec House

● Quex Park


Red House

● Restoration House

● Riverhill House

● Roydon Hall


Scotney Castle The earliest record from 1137 gives the owner of the estate as Lambert de Scoteni. Roger Ashburnham is credited with building the castle c.1378-80. The Darrell family owned the estate for some 350 years. In 1778 Edward Hussey bought the estate and his grandson, also Edward, built the 'new' Castle to the designs of Anthony Salvin, from sandstone quarried from the slope below.

● Scot's Hall (demolished)

● Sharsted Court

● Somerhill House

● Spade House

● Squerryes Court


● Temple Manor

● Tudor House




References and Sources

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