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near Cooling, Medway, Kent, England

Cooling Castle is located six miles north of Rochester, Kent. The castle was built on the edge of marshes at Cooling to guard the Thames - it is now about two miles inland. It has a double bailey. The larger eastern bailey has a tower in each corner and earth walls in between surrounded by a dry moat, there is an impressive gateway flanked by twin drum towers . The smaller western bailey has stone walls with a tower in each corner and a wet moat on three sides. The castle is now in ruins but the gatehouse remains in good condition. There is a private house inside the castle owned by musician Jools Holland.

The barns at Cooling Castle are used for weddings and functions. There are three barns for hire: The Heritage Barn for the reception of guests, The Fathom Barn for the Marriage Ceremony and The Tithe Barn for the Wedding Breakfast.

Cooling Castle was built between 1380 and 1385 by John Cobham. The castle was besieged in 1554 by Thomas Wyatt the younger and was damaged by cannon fire. The Castle was abandoned after Wyatt's rebellion. During the 1990s, the property was owned by the Rochester bridge wardens.

Other Castles in the Area
  Allington Castle, Kent
  Eynsford Castle, Kent
  Hadleigh Castle, Essex
  Leeds Castle, Kent
  Rochester Castle, Kent
  Upnor Castle, Kent

Upnor Castle
Cooling Castle built in the 1380's to protect the Thames.

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