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The castle remained in royal control. During the Hundred Years war, Edward III saw the strategic importance of Hadleigh in his attempts to defend the Thames estuary against French attacks. Edward extended Hadleigh, building a new gateway and tower, chapel, and living quarters. He added the twin drum towers which still stand today. He also built Queenborough Castle on the Kent shore of the estuary opposite Hadleigh.
Hadleigh became one of Edward's favourite residences, but his successors did not share his enthusiasm for the castle, and it was rented to a succession of tennants before finally being sold to Lord Riche in 1551. Lord Riche dismantled the castle and sold the stone for building materials.
The major remains include a pair of drum towers and a barbican gate. One of the towers was used by Georgian revenue men as a lookout in their war against local smugglers.
About Hadleigh Castle
Address: Hadleigh, Essex, England
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: Open at any time. South of the A13 at Hadleigh.
Website: Hadleigh Castle
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Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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