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Broughton Castle, Banbury

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Broughton Castle is a medieval manor house located in the village of Broughton which is about two miles south-west of Banbury, Oxfordshire, England on the B4035 road (grid reference SP418382).

It was built as a manor house by Sir John de Broughton in 1300 at a location where the confluence of three streams created a natural site for a moated manor. The house was sold in 1377 to William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester. The original house was crenellated by Sir Thomas Wykeham in 1406. In 1451 it passed by inheritance to the Fiennes family (Barons Saye and Sele). Beginning in 1550 Richard Fiennes transformed the medieval manor into a house in the Tudor style.[1]

In the 17th century William Fiennes, 1st Viscount Saye and Sele was one of the leading activists against Charles I. He raised troops to fight against the king at the inconclusive Battle of Edgehill in 1642. Royalist troops later besieged the castle, overcoming the defenders and occupying the castle for a time.

Broughton fell into decay in the 19th century, but was eventually rescued by Frederick Fiennes, 16th Lord Saye and Sele, who brought in the prominent Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott.

It is still the home of the Fiennes family and currently lived in by the 21st Baron and his wife.
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  • Broughton Castle was a nice surprise. Although it's only open a couple of afternoons a week, it wasn't crowded. An actual moated, defensible small castle that played an important role in the English C...  read more »
  • We are staying in Swerford and Broughton Castle was recommended by our host. The Castle only opens on certain days so it is important for all visitors to check opening times. We visited yesterday and ...  read more »
  • Have been visiting here for 10 years but always without checking opening hours. Put that right yesterday. Lovely place and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. 
  • A lovely, family-friendly castle and home, with welcoming and knowledgable staff ready to explain and divulge the castle's deep and varied history. Ladies Garden and tea shop a very nice treat too; a thoroughly enjoyable day out. Great for film fans too!
  • Don't waste your money!
  • Good one
  • Took two kids aged 6 and 8 and they had a really good time. Grounds are beautiful and the castle is just big enough to keep them entertained without being too long. Staff very friendly - even the owners were out mingling with guests! Recommend.
  • Interesting building in a lovely surrounding
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