Kent Archaeological Review extract

The destruction of a Medieval Manor at Edenbridge.
by Alan Dell and Maurice Godfrey.

In August, 1972 the site of Browns Manor, Edenbridge, was substantially destroyed without prior notice by bulldozers constructing the fairway of a new golf course.

As a result of this, joint surveys were carried out by members of the Edenbridge and District Historical Society and the CIB with the consent of the owners. The completed plan has kindly been prepared for publication by Mr T Woodman.

The site (NGR TQ 4243 4726) lies west of Edenbridge and close to the Kent Brook. It is recorded as early as the 13th century and appears to have been sub-rectangular in shape and protected by a substantial moat. The internal measurements are about 120 by 150 feet deep with the moat about 15-25 feet wide and about 5 feet deep. It seems that about 90% of this unrecorded site has been destroyed by the bulldozers. Several sherds of medieval pottery were recovered from the vicinity and a close watch is being kept on the area.
DRAWING: A plan of the site.

A plan of Edenbridge, Kent 1973, showing the medieval manor and Little Brown's farm.

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