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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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  • No doubt about it the garden & architecture from another time are beautiful but thats about where it ends.The Organisation running the place appear to consist almost entirely of people aged in their 6...  more »
  • A self-guided tour but the guidebook was informative and in every room, there were booklets with additional material. The house has some very fine ancient plaster ceilings and amazing wood panelling. ...  more »
  • We visited as members of the Historic Houses Association Great house to visit tons of interest and the house tour is self guided. Gardens full of interest and you can also stroll down to the moat The ...  more »
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  • We had a lovely day out here. House interesting with beautiful grounds. A sweet cafe, which also provides blankets to picnic on the lawn. The Wisteria looked amazing when we visited. Only open Wednesdays and Sundays.
  • Nice grounds. The castle was more like a stately home, with a moat rather than what I think of as a castle.
  • Wonderful atmosphere, bags of interesting history & volunteers who are ready with information
  • Lovely place friendly staff nice tea room
  • very nice place to see