The Medway canalised. Stone from the towers, walls and keep sold by Hooker to build bridges and locks.
|1775||New Bridge||The Great Bridge rebuilt on old foundations.|
|1780||Vineyard||The castle described as "ancient castle and vineyard"|
|1782||Destruction||Castle continues to be used by Thomas Hooker as a standing quarry. The remains of the shell keep pulled down out of curiosity..|
|1791||Mansion built||Thomas Hooker, John's son, builds mansion, now accommodating council offices onto Gatehouse|