At the beginning of 1906 operations were in progress for making the moat watertight, replacing the solid brick bridge with an oak drawbridge and repointing the stone of the ancient gatehouse.
The site of Hever Castle is on low ground close to the River Eden and only 120 feet above sea level. The single moat around the castle was once joined to the river with whose level it rose and fell – occasionally resulting in the castle courtyard flooding.
The subsoil of the surrounding area was waterlogged, and in wet weather water rose to within a foot of the surface of the ground.
It was for these reasons that the idea was conceived to convert thirty acres of meadow east of the castle to a lake with lock gates which could control the level of the water upstream from the castle.
Visit the Castle today to see how the moat now looks!
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