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When William the Conqueror came to England in 1066 he brought with him the concept of the castle. He and his men, of which there were 12,000 at most, needed rapidly to make themselves secure amongst a potentially hostile population of one and a half million, and simply the easily-built fortresses was the answer. Norman lords were put in charge of the construction of castles; Tonbridge was entrusted to Richard de Clare.

Hence the tale of Tonbridge Castle begins...

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