not know. My object has been to preserve all the historical features that
can be kept, and at the same time to make the place a comfortable
residence. The new battlements accurately reproduce such of the old ones
as had been removed. Where I want windows I make them, and no one will
ever confound my windows with earlier work. Ultimately I hope the place
will be a credit to the neighbourhood, but I must confess that primarily I
am at work upon it to satisfy myself. I must add in conclusion that the
assistance and advice I have received from my old friend Mr. W. D. CaroŽ
as architect have been of the most important and determining character,
and that the details are his. My share of the work has been confined to
discovering historical facts and to planning the arrangement of internal
communications and adaptations for living purposes.
Since writing the above I have discovered the
position of the original postern. Its remains exist, blocked up, at the
east end of the south wall, just below a small window inserted by Wyatt.
The doorway is at so low a level that it must have been reached by steps
descending to it from the inner courtyard. I have also discovered that
the northeast tower, assigned to Penchester, was built on older
There are remains of the ends of walls at the exit of the
moat into the Medway. These probably supported some form of weir or
water-gate, by means of which the moat could be kept full of water at au
states of the tide. Only spring tides can ever have filled it.
From Brewer and. Gairdnerís Henry VIII. (vol. ii.,
p. 226) I learn that Cavendish was wrong in saying that Henry VIII. met
Wolsey at Allington in 1527. Wolsey probably visited Sir H. Wyatt on his
way from Dover to London, but it was at Richmond that he met the king.