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    Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol.  28  1909  page 356
ALLINGTON CASTLE. By Sir W. Martin Conway, M.A., F.S.A.

it was built at the back of the old kitchen, and I was fortunate enough to find still preserved under plaster the old doorways and hatch whereby it was entered and the dinner served. Much of this work was done in a rough and ready fashion, and some of it was sheer jerry-building.
   Thomas Wyatt, destined to become poet, statesman, lover of Anne Boleyn, friend of Henry VIII., and what-not, was born at .Allington in 1503. Sir Henry Wyatt died 10 November 1537. Sir Thomas only outlived him till the 11th October 1542. Nevertheless, Camden and others give the chief credit of the Allington restorations to Sir Thomas. Thus Camden (Britannia, edition of 1607, p. 245) writes:
"Allington Castrum, ubi splendidas aedes construxit T. Wiattus." It is, I think, clear that the Tudor work falls into two parts. The long gallery with the archway beneath it, and the very simple windows in different parts of the castle, whose only adornment is a plain chamfer, are evidently part of a different restoration from the porch of the great hall. In the gate-house the windows inserted in the first-floor room are of different dates, and so are the two windows in the 

north-west corner room upstairs; in each case one is much simpler than the other. To the earlier work (which we may well ascribe to Sir Henry) likewise belongs the wall forming the north boundary of the privy garden, and uniting the north-east tower to the east dove-cote. At this time, I take it, the encircling wall north of the castle, and within the outer moat, was knocked down, and perhaps the outer moat itself was filled in.
   Sir Henry Wyatt’s work seems to have been simple and purely done for practical purposes. Sir Thomas added whatever was of a "splendid" description. This epithet, I fear, can only have been properly applied to the fine panelling, doors, and other internal decorations, of which not a trace remains. At Ladd’s Court, Chart Sutton, the fine oak lining of the hall-porch may still be seen, as well as some of the doors and the nobly-moulded oak beams; but this is all. The rest was turned to I know not what mean uses at a relatively recent date. It is stated in Russell’s History of

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