Tonbridge Castle

Tonbridge Castle was originally built as a simple Motte-and-bailey castle constructed shortly after the Norman Conquest by Richard Fitz Gilbert.

In 1088, the de Clare family, who were descendants of Fitz Gilbert, rebelled against King William II. William captured the castle and burnt both the castle and the town.

The twin-towered gatehouse was built by either Richard de Clare, third Earl of Hertford or his son Gilbert and took 30 years, being completed in 1260.

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