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John de Cobham, 3rd Baron Cobham (died 10 January 1408) was the son of John de Cobham, 2nd Baron Cobham and Joan de Beauchamp. He was given a licence to crenellate by Richard II in 1381 and built Cooling Castle at the family seat in Cowling or Cooling, Kent.

Around 1332, Sir John married Margaret Courtenay, daughter of Hugh Courtenay, 2nd Earl of Devon. She died on 2 August 1385 or 95. In 1398 Sir John was exiled to Guernsey. Henry IV restored the estate and Sir John died in Cooling, 1408. He was buried at Grey Friars, London, though his brass is near his wife in the church of St Mary Magdalene, Cobham.

Rochester Bridge

1840 map showing the ancient route from London to the coast, crossing the River Medway at Rochester. This road is now the A2.

Sir John and Sir Robert Knolles (or Knollys), paid for the building of the new, stone Rochester Bridge across the River Medway. This route had been essential for traffic between London and Dover (the port for France and hence continental Europe) since Roman times.


  • Salter, Mike. The Castles of Kent, Folly Publications, 2000. ISBN 1-871731-43-7
  • Newman, John. West Kent and the Weald from the series The Buildings of England, series ed. Pevsner, Nikolaus. Penguin Books, 1970. ISBN 0-14-071038-8
  • The Complete Peerage

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Peerage of England
Preceded by
John de Cobham
Baron Cobham
Succeeded by
Joan Oldcastell


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