Court Lodge Horton Kirby
TQ 561-686 Kent England
Court Lodge is a medieval fortified manorial complex, founded on lands granted to Bishop Odo of Bayeux. The site of Horton Castle, which was once a stone moated manor house, defended by an eastern gatehouse with a drawbridge, which was later replaced by a brick bridge of one arch. The present two storey house, is 18th century but the south and east walls are of exceptional thickness and must be the remains of a medieval building. An upper doorway externally rebated, two small square windows and stone quoins have been uncovered in the south wall. Nothing else survives above ground but there are still traces of the surrounding moat, which was fed by the River Darenth. To the north-east is an 18th century ornamental round dovecot, crowned by a conical tiled roof, with square roofed bird's entrance. 2 miles south-west is Eynsford Castle and 11 miles north-west is Eltham Palace.