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Westenhanger Castle Barn

The barn at Westenhanger Castle in Kent was built by Customer Smythe, Queen Elizabeth I’s excise and customs collector in the late sixteenth century. It is a stone-built barn with a gabled roof and two hipped-roof wagon porches. Inside is a magnificent hammerbeam roof, indicative of the high status of the owner.

Over the centuries the castle and barn fell into disrepair. It was bought by the Forge family in 2006 and they restored it with the help of English Heritage. It is now a wedding venue.