It was built in 1539 as a gun tower for the coastal defence of Rye. During the 1540's it was strengthened by raising the height of hthe central blockhouse and by the construction of the outer walls. It was abandoned in 1642 and its guns removed as the sea was retreating - it is now a mile away - and now stands alone in a field with only sheep for company. Unlike the other Henry V111 fortifications which were modified as they continued to be used over the centuries, this castle still shows its original design.
English Heritage, the interior is open a few weekends a year.
|Off the A259, 1 mile south-east of Rye. Accessible by foot only.|