Scotney Castle encompasses the ruins of a medieval, moated manor house, Scotney Old Castle, which is on an island on a small lake. The newer castle was built 1835 and 1843. Catholic Recusant owner Thomas Darrell hid Jesuit Father Richard Blount, S.J. in the castle while he administered to Roman Catholics from 1591 to 1598. Catholicism was then illegal in England, and during the second raid by authorities to arrest the Father he fled over a wall into the moat and escaped.