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    Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol.  28  1909  page 345
ALLINGTON CASTLE. By Sir W. Martin Conway, M.A., F.S.A.

end of the west wing, and still remains as the substructure [coloured brown in the plan] of the west wall of Penchester’s addition. It was knocked down to make way for Solomon’s tower, but its foundations exist beyond that tower to the south, where I found them by excavation, and they continue south and then bend round east to join and include the remaining fragment of the eleventh-century wall above described. The wall continues beyond the Norman bit, following round within the moat and about ten feet from it, going north-east and then due north till it comes almost tangentially against the east dove-cote. It is thinned up against this, but widens beyond it again. Against it, just where the moat opens into the Medway, was a sentry-box tower, of which I discovered the base when cleaning out the inner of the two north moats. It crossed the inner moat at this point, but I found its foundations curving round ten feet within the outer moat, till, close to the present entrance drive and at a point nearly north of the entrance gate, it ended up against a problematic mass of masonry, which appears to have blocked the outer moat at this point. 

However, the foundations begin again a few yards further on, starting away from another mass of masonry of similar character to the former, but quite unsymmetrically placed. It then continued curving round and was heading almost due south, where the last traces of it were lost, close on the margin of the inner moat. There seems little doubt but that it crossed this inner moat again and joined the northwest angle of the manor-house at a point where its broken-off foundations can be clearly seen emerging through the moat-bank, just under that angle.
   It is not unlikely that this twelfth-century garden-wall was built for the most part on the lines of the wall which has been referred to as having surrounded the early-Norman village, and which may have been overthrown when the Columbers Castle was demolished. The moat that followed round a few feet from it may well have been of the same early date, or even earlier—the deepened edge of the original swamp. The peculiar way in which the garden-

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