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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 86  1971  page 144
Eynsford Castle and its Excavation. 
By S. E. Rigold, M.A., F.S.A., F.R.Hist.S.
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II. Ironwork (Figs. 9-10)
   An instructive and tolerably preserved collection, all from D unless otherwise indicated. Discounting the probably intrusive Fe 4, 13 and 20a, much of the material is still advanced by commonly cited comparisons, since pottery and other finds are entirely consistent with a date for the rebuilding of the Hall not later than c. 1250, and for its dismantling (D), c. 1300 (probably 1312).
   Fe 1, 2. Strap-hinges of small lap-boarded door, with 'moline' terminals, badly bent (north of Hall and doubtless from its reconstruction).
   Fe 3. Terminal of another strap-hinge, with edge-beading (same context).
   Fe 4. Half of butt-hinge, or fixture of long hinge, in tinned iron of good workmanship. Reported context as Fe 1-3, at depth, c. 1 m., below K period floor; but it is so like an H-hinge that an eighteenth-century intrusion must be considered.
   Fe 5-10. Horeshoes, all of same general shape, with 'pointed arch', moderate calkins and no trace of an indented edge, except Fe 10, which has as good a D provenance, from the floor of the solar undercroft, as the rest. This (for a 'great horse', rather than some sort of 'hack'?) is much heavier and fullered, for which LMG can cite no case before the late fourteenth century.
   Fe 11. Key (D, east sector), medium-size, finely wrought, with oval bow (not made by splitting the shank, but welded?), extended point and stop half-way along wards. This type (LMG Type VII), with kidney-shaped bow, is common in the later fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, but would be advanced by 1312—it was not necessarily part of the rebuilt Hall.
   Fe 12. Key (D, floor of Hall undercroft, and probably its door-key at the reconstruction), D-shaped, welded bow, solid stem, suggestion of a stop but no remains of a point; if the wards were symmetrical the bit was broad and shallow.
   Fe 13. Square padlock, presumably K period, but it is difficult to see how it reached the deep masonry-joint beside the well in the solar undercroft at that time.
   Fe 14. Bowel-spur (near Great Kitchen, A associations, but not sealed, so that D cannot be absolutely excluded). Bowel-spurs in the early thirteenth century are not totally unevidenced, and this one has features, such as the simple terminals, one triangular (?), reminiscent of twelfth- and thirteenth-century prick-spurs (LMG). The fabric is weak and cylindrical in section (it is much bent) and the reinforcement at the heel is clumsy.
   Fe 15. Tang of large knife (B, section θ [q].
   Fe 16. Tang of file or chisel (same context).

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