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Tonbridge was originally written Tunbridge, and should be pronounced that way. The nearby town of Royal Tunbridge Wells derives its name from here. The spelling was changed in 1870, apparently to prevent confusion between the two. In the Domesday Book 1087 it was Tunebrige "bridge belong to a manor (tun)" or "bridge belonging to a person called Tunna" or possibly "town of bridges" because of the many streams.

River Medway from the bridge
River Medway, looking upstream from the bridge

Tonbridge Castle curtain wall
The castle curtain wall

Tonbridge Castle
The original wooden castle was built in 11th century. The existing 13th century Tonbridge Castle is more correctly a Motte and Bailey Gatehouse. Tourist information shop on the right.

Tonbridge, river and bridge seen from castle grounds
View downstream from Castle bailey. The high street shops are to the right over the bridge.

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Tonbridge, river seen from castle grounds
View upstream from Castle bailey

Tonbridge Castle motte  Daffodils on the motte
The motte path zigzags up and is thick with daffodils in spring. A motte (mound) is a skilled construction, made with layers of stones and soil from the defensive ditch dug around a castle. Mottes served as a lookout point and often had wooden towers on top. Motte was French for clod/clump/hillock, and the word gave rise to "moat" to describe the wet ditch. The secure area enclosed by the ditch was known as the bailey.

View from Tonbridge Castle motte 1  View from Tonbridge Castle motte 2
View of the countryside from the top of the motte is somewhat obscured by trees in summer.

Tonbridge Castle walls
The wall joining the motte to the castle

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Tonbridge river confluence
Confluence of two braids of the river (ahead and right)

Rear of Tonbridge Castle motte March
Rear of the motte March

Rear of Tonbridge Castle motte August
Rear of the motte August

Tonbridge Castle, moat-type pond below rear of motte
Below rear of the motte, apparently the remains of the moat, covered in duckweed

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Bedding behind motte   Bedding in bailey
Spring bedding behind the motte, and in the bailey

Tonbridge castle grounds
Pleasant walk behind the motte, leading to swimming baths, miniature trains, riverside areas and sports fields

Tonbridge Castle, river view 1
River walks in the park/sportsground behind the castle

Tonbridge Castle river view 2

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Tonbridge Castle river view 3
The above two photos were taken from each other's bridges

Tonbridge Castle miniature trains 1
Tonbridge Model Engineering Society run miniature steam and electric trains in the park, giving rides to children and adults on summer weekend afternoons, for a small donation. The members' accommodation is an ex-BR General Delivery Van from 1939. There is a turntable to allow the locomotives to be set on and off the main track, which goes in several loops around the plot, giving the maximum length train ride. http://micklow.wixsite.com/tmes

Tonbridge Castle miniature trains 2
Very young riders need an adult sitting at the rear

Tonbridge Castle miniature trains - steam locomotive  Tonbridge Castle miniature trains - diesel/electric  Tonbridge Castle miniature trains - electric 2
Real steam, real coal, real train whistle!

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Tonbridge Castle curtain wall, river and bridge

Tonbridge war memorial
War memorial completed in 2004 at the entrance to the Castle grounds

Tonbridge River Medwat Jan09
Sunset over swollen Medway in January 2009

Lamp post top  Lamp post base

Tree seat

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