30/08/12

Folkestone’s Twin Castles

It may come as a surprise to you that Folkestone once had not one but two Medieval castles. The better known used to stand on what is known locally (and misleadingly) as Caesar’s camp, on top of Castle Hill. The town’s second fortified site was The Bayle; the name of Folkestone’s oldest neighbourghood comes from ‘bailey’ – the outer enclosure of a medieval castle.

On October 31st, as part of Kent Coastal Week, there will be a talk at the University Centre, Folkestone about the facinating history of these two sites and much more. Entitled “Lordship, Castles and Churches: The Importance of Folkestone in late Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman England”, the talk will be given by Dr Paul Dalton, Senior Lecturer in Mediaeval History at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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