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Knole House Gatehouse Tower, Sevenoaks

Grade I listed Knole House dates from 1456, originally an Archbishop’s Palace then coming into royal possession during the Tudor dynasty when Henry VIII hunted there. From 1603, Thomas Sackville made it their family home and their descendants remain in residence to this day. The house is vast with an estimated 365 rooms, 52 staircases, 12 entrances and 7 courtyards.

The current house had its origins in the mid-15th century, with major additions in the 16th and, particularly, the 17th centuries. Its Grade I listing reflects its mix of late-medieval to late Stuart structures. ” The imposing gatehouse tower was built for Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury, between 1472 and 1474. 

To allow the public to access the tower roof and the surrounding views, a modern stainless steel and timber viewing platform was constructed.

Handrails now meet current building regulations and the raised platform protects the lead roof below.

Handrails now meet current building regulations and the raised platform protects the lead roof below.

The views across the Kent countryside are stunning.

The views across the Kent countryside are stunning.

Another view of the platform.

Another view of the platform.

Project Details

  • Employer: Heritage Building & Conservation and the National Trust