National Trust

Principal Contractor

Paye Stonework and Restoration


East Sussex

One of the most famous and evocative castles in Britain, Bodiam Castle was built in 1385, as both a defence and a comfortable home.

The exterior is virtually complete, and the ramparts rise dramatically above the moat. Enough of the interior survives to give an impression of castle life.

There are spiral staircases and battlements and wonderful views of the Rother Valley from the top of the towers.

In the impressive gatehouse is the castle’s original wooden portcullis, an extremely rare example of its kind.

Paye were appointed as main contractor to clean, repair and conserve the external fabric of the building and to arrest the decay of some of the historic features of the castle. Our skilled craftsmen carefully indented new stone to match the original Reigate sandstone.

Business Development contact

David Manktelow

(+44) 20 8857 9111