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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 86  1971  page 120
Eynsford Castle and its Excavation. 
By S. E. Rigold, M.A., F.S.A., F.R.Hist.S.
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for clean surfaces and may, in cases, represent the dissolved daub of buildings.
   [Note. In all the descriptive sections that follow the hall-block will be treated as though its long axis were due east-west. Everything behind it, within diagonal axes, is the 'North sector' (N), and so with the East and West sectors (E and W), between the short ends and the curtain. These are productive sectors: the relatively barren area in front (south) of the hall and forebuilding, where the level was not much increased from an early date, and in parts, perhaps lowered, is called the 'Courtyard'. The gate-tower and the 'old', or 'great' kitchen are specified: the areas under the fairly straight sections of curtain between these and the acute end are 'south-east' and 'south-west' respectively. The acute end itself is 'South' (S).]

   Before the Ministry began its works, the Castle appeared as a ring of flint walls rising nearly 9 m. directly from the flood-plain, covered with ivy and broken by a gap forming the entrance at the south-east and by a collapse towards the north-west. From the platform within, more than 3 m. above the plain, only the highest parts of the ruined hall protruded. To the entrance led an earthen causeway, lined with trees whose initials spelled out a piece of E. D. Till's Arbor Day wisdom.

The Curtain
   The enclosure, as it appeared on clearance and was already known from Cresy's survey, is oval, not elliptical, in that it has one acute end and one obtuse. In detail, it forms an irregular polygon with twenty facets of different lengths, the most exposed being the longest. The full height, c. 8.8 m., was achieved in two stages, the lower accounting for about two-thirds of it (c. 5.8 m.), with the division very clear internally but better disguised on the facade. Both parts are of coursed flintwork, but the lower is better built, as the differential weathering on the fallen section shows. The flints here are larger, both in the core and the face, where they are often canted to give a slightly herring-bone appearance. There is a little ironstone, particularly for spanning channels. Half-way up the lower stage, there is an offset plinth, roughly rounded in flint, giving a basal thickness of about 1.8 m., but often more on the short facets. A line of small putlogs or weep-holes (?) appears at varying levels, a little below the plinth. Though the two stages follow the identical plan, they will be shown to be half a century or so apart in date. There are no dressed quoins at the angles in either stage. The few dressings in the earlier stage are of tufa, a characteristic of early Norman work in Kent. In the upper stage, they are of Roman tile.

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