Bodiam Castle is a moated castle near Robertsbridge in East Sussex,
England. It was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, ostensibly to
defend the area against French invasion during the Hundred Years' War.
Of quadrangular plan, Bodiam Castle has no keep, having its various
chambers built around the outer defensive walls and inner courts. Its
corners and entrance are marked by towers, and topped by crenellations.
It was the home of the Dalyngrigge family and the centre of the manor
of Bodiam. Possession of Bodiam Castle passed through several
generations of Dalyngrigges, until their line became extinct, when the
castle passed by marriage to the Lewknor family. Descendants of the
Lewknors owned the castle until at least the 16th century. By the start
of the English Civil War in 1641, Bodiam Castle was owned by John
Tufton. He sold the castle to help pay fines levied against him by
Parliament. The castle was subsequently dismantled, and was left as a
picturesque ruin until its purchase by John Fuller in 1829. Under his
auspices, the castle was partially restored before being sold to George
Cubitt, 1st Baron Ashcombe, and later to Lord Curzon, both of whom
undertook restoration projects at Bodiam. The castle is protected as a
Grade I listed building and Scheduled Monument, and is open to the
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