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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 86  1971  page 109
Eynsford Castle and its Excavation. 
By S. E. Rigold, M.A., F.S.A., F.R.Hist.S.
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The small but massive castle of Eynsford, lying low beside the Darent at N.G.R. TQ 542658, was the Stammburg of the greatest of the archbishop of Canterbury's knights. Throughout this report, unless otherwise indicated, the 'Castle' must be understood to mean the flint-walled enclosure within a broad but shallow moat, although this was, or became, the inner bailey of a larger complex, not easy to define. Apart from a survey and partial excavation in 1835, ably recorded for the time by Edward Cresy,1 it was little studied2 until the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, which had acquired it in 1937, at the instance of the tenant, Lady Fountain of Little Mote, placed it, in September 1948, in the guardianship of the then Ministry of Works.
   The conservation proceeded slowly enough for the writer to observe every stage and to conduct simultaneous excavations with one labourer, or at rare intervals with more. Most of the work was done between 1953 and 1961 and the results, here modified in a few points, were summarized in notes for Medieval Archaeology* and in the official guidebook. Subsequently, particularly in 1966-1967, further deep sections were made to verify earlier ones, and the bridge was totally excavated: at this stage, the writer was greatly assisted by Mr. D. C. Mynard, who also studied the pottery and drew most of it. The long sections were completed in 1971, with the help of Mr. J. Haslam, who worked further on the finds. The plans and sections were finished by the drawing-office staff of the Ministry, now Department of the Environment.
   While this report was in preparation, a small excavation, started by an accidental discovery in a garden outside the guardianship area, has revealed a subsidiary medieval building within a presumed outer bailey. Thanks to the discoverers and to Mr. S. R. Harker, a summary of the findings, to date, is appended. It is the first positive contribution to our knowledge of the Castle's outworks.
   *  This paper has been printed with the aid of a grant from the Department of the Environment.
   Archaeologia, xxvii (1838), 391-7.
   H. Sands, in Some Kentish Castles (1907, from Memorials of Old Kent), adds little to Cresy.
   Med. Arch., i (1967), 156-7; vi-vii (1962-1963), 322; ix (1965), 190.

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