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Allington

Allington is home to the beautiful but now privately owned Allington Castle and is also the point where The River Medway stops being tidal. Allington lock is an integral part of flood defences and the sluices here can discharge in the region of 3000 million gallons a day. Walk across the lock at Allington and you will hear the roar of the water force. Allington Lock was constructed in 1792 and barges used to be towed along the river by horses and the new weir was constructed in 1937 to help prevent problems with flooding.

Allington Castle is full of history, it has been a manor house, a castle, a manor house, a ruin and then a castle again. It was the Tudor home of the Wyatt family and it was here that the poet Thomas Wyatt was born. It is even documented that Henty VIII and Cardinal Wolsey have slept here.  The castle was occupied by the Carmelites who founded a retreat here in 1951, it has since been turned back in to a private residence. The original village of Allington was situated around the castle. Today, Allington is classed as Maidstone and it lies about 2 miles out of the town centre.

Allington has expanded over the years and is home to Allington Library and Mid Kent Shopping Centre as well as the Sir Thomas Wyatt Pub, Premier Travel Inn and The Pippin pub located further down the London Road towards Maidstone.