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Bodiam Castle

Brief History of Bodiam Castle

  • 1385: Built under Richard II to defend the River Rother from French naval raids
  • 1483: Incumbent Sir Thomas Lewknor attainted by Richard III, siege and surrender
  • 1641: Not severely damaged during the English Civil War, although witness to troops
  • 1917: Bought and repaired by Marquess Curzon, leaving it to National Trust in 1926

3 Things about Bodiam Castle

  • Coat of arms over gateway for Wardeux, Dalyngrigge and Radynden
  • Pigeon house at top of south-west tower, accommodating up to 300 nests
  • Moat was re-flooded by Lord Curzon in 20th century

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