A Treasure Trove of History in the High Weald

Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House

The new History Walk from the author of 1066 Harold’s Way

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There is a treasure trove of history in the High Weald.

Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House is a walk that discovers the history and beauty of the High Weald and explores the castles and houses and towns and villages along the route.

At the heart of ‘Three Castles’ are Bodiam and Scotney Castles, built to defend against a French invasion. Sissinghurst Castle’s foundation was from the wealth of wool and Bateman’s from the noise and clamour of iron. Once at the heart of England’s iron industry the High Weald’s furnace fires have long gone and the works of man have returned to farming.

But Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House is more than just footsteps, it allows the imagination to be part of the history that brings the High Weald to life.

  • Stand where the Riot Act was read on Benenden Green
  • Marvel at Mad Jack’s Follies and climb the Tower
  • Search for the smuggler’s graves in Burwash Churchyard
  • Repel the Hawkhurst Gang at Goudhurst
  • Imagine life as a hop-picker in the cottages by the River Teise and much more

There are tales of smugglers, Napoleon’s horse, aliens in Robertsbridge, Mad Jack Fuller, Bloody Baker, Admiral ‘Foulweather Jack’ Norris, and the Captain Swing mechanical riots that swept the country in the early 19th century.

But be careful when you walk for there’s a ‘Vengeful Dragon’ hiding in Angley Wood.

Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House is available from:

  • Amazon, Foyles, Waterstones and all good bookshops.
  • Price: £9.99
  • ISBN: 9781910440056
  • Publisher: Bretwalda Books

Talks The Speakers List

Books:

  • 1066 Harold’s Way
  • Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House
  • The Saxon Times publication 2016

Short Walks

  • A Green St Leonards Walk
  • 1066 Two Battle Circular Walks
  • 1066 Bodiam Castle to Battle Abbey via Vinehall
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