Allington Locks, Kent

Allington Locks, Kent. Steel engraving. Drawing by W. Tombleson and engraved by J. Tingle. From Eighty Picturesque Views of the Thames and Medway. Text and formatting by George P. Landow. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the University of California Library and the Internet Archive and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.]

Medway, on quitting the bridge, is for a time shaded by a range of trees; and at the distance of about two miles the stream flows by the venerable ruins of Allington castle, situated on the southern banks, which is partly concealed from the water by the surrounding shrubs and trees. The remains, however, are extremely interesting, as dehneated in the annexed illustration. The castle is stated to have been built by the earl of Warrenne after the conquest, on the site of one erected in the Saxon times by the noble family of Columbarij, but which was razed by the Danes.

After passing through Allington locks, with their picturesque waterfall, the stream winds its mazy course tlxrough the ancient Gothic stone bridge of Aylesford. The sudden rise of the ground on the eastern side of the village, with the church and its square embattled tower, situated on the summit, affords no small addition to the picturesque character of the scenery. Aylesford seems perfectly sequestered in the midst of a primeval district, into which one would hardly imagine the anxieties and turmoils of the world could intrude. [81-82]

Images and discussions of locks and weirs on the Thames


Fearnside, W. G. Eighty Picturesque Views of the Thames and Medway, Engraved on Steel by the First Artists. London: Black and Armstrong, [n.d. after 1837]. Internet Archive version of a copy in the University of California at Berkley Library. Web. 30 March 2012.

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