View from the South West of the Keep of Eynsford Castle
Watercolour of the south west of the keep at Eynsford Castle in Kent. The Castle was begun in c.1100 by William de Eynsford I (whose father, one of the Archbishop of Canterbury's knights had settled here) and he built the curtain wall. It was one of the earliest stone castles in England. It was extended several times and rebuilt after a fire in the early 13th century. It was sacked and vandalised in 1312, after which it was no longer the main residence of its owners. It gradually fell into disrepair. By the late 18th century it belonged to the Hart family of Lullingstone Castle, who used it as stables and kennels their hunting dogs.