Allington Castle
Allington Castle is a stone-built moated castle
A castle is a type of fortified structure built in Europe and the Middle East during the Middle Ages by European nobility. Scholars debate the scope of the word castle, but usually consider it to be the private fortified residence of a lord or noble...

 in Allington
Allington, Kent
Allington is an almost entirely modern village situated alongside the sides of the A20 road west of Maidstone in Kent. It is part of the built-up area of Maidstone. It has 2 primary schools; Allington Primary and Palace Wood...

, just north of Maidstone
Maidstone is the county town of Kent, England, south-east of London. The River Medway runs through the centre of the town linking Maidstone to Rochester and the Thames Estuary. Historically, the river was a source and route for much of the town's trade. Maidstone was the centre of the agricultural...

, Kent
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 in England
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Allington Castle is a Grade I listed building. Much of the stonework was laid in an intricate herringbone pattern which is still visible today. It was the birthplace in 1503 of the English lyrical poet Sir Thomas Wyatt
Thomas Wyatt (poet)
Sir Thomas Wyatt was a 16th-century English lyrical poet credited with introducing the sonnet into English. He was born at Allington Castle, near Maidstone in Kent – though his family was originally from Yorkshire...

 and in 1521 of his son the rebel leader Thomas Wyatt
Thomas Wyatt the younger
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The manor house on the site was fortified by Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports
Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports
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 Stephen de Penchester
Stephen de Pencester
Stephen de Pencester was Warden of the Cinque Ports when the first authoritative list of Cinque Ports Confederation Members was produced in 1293....

 in 1281 after a licence to crenellate was issued by Edward I
Edward I of England
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. It was converted to a mansion in 1492 when the Wyatt family acquired the property. Towards the end of the 16th century whilst under the ownership of the Wyatt family the castle was badly damaged by fire, remaining largely derelict until 1905 when it was restored by Sir Martin Conway.

In 1951 the castle became home to a convent of the Order of Carmelites
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. It is currently the private residence of the psephologist
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 Sir Robert Worcester
Robert Worcester
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 and Lady Worcester. It is not open to the public.

In popular culture

The castle has been used for location filming on several occasions:
  • As "Castle De'ath" in episode 5, series 4 of the cult TV series The Avengers
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  • For exterior scenes for the 1992 TV series Covington Cross
    Covington Cross
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  • For exterior scenes in the TV series Colditz
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    Colditz is a British television series co-produced by the BBC and Universal Studios and screened between 1972 and 1974.The series deals with Allied prisoners of war imprisoned at the supposedly escape-proof Colditz Castle when designated Oflag IV-C during World War II, and their many attempts to...

  • The castle grounds were the location of the strongman
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     contest Pure Strength
    Pure Strength
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    in 1988.
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