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Buckden Towers, Buckden
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Buckden Towers, formerly known as Buckden Palace, is a 12th-century fortified manor house, located on High Street, Buckden, Cambridgeshire, England.HistoryAlthough it is often stated as being built in the 15th century, the first Palace was actually built in the late 12th century, when records show it as being used to house the Bishops of Lincoln. Subsequently the wooden structure was replaced by more substantial buildings and a tall brick tower was added in 1475, protected by walls and a moat, and surrounded by an outer bailey. Parts of the complex were demolished in 1832 on the orders of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. The Victorian House now present on the site was built in 1872.The Claretian Missionaries were given the site by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Northampton in 1956. Initially it was used a Junior Seminary carrying out the preliminary training of 11- to 18-year-olds aspiring to become Claretian Missionary priests or brothers. The Junior Seminary closed in July 1965. Since then the Towers complex has been developed by the Claretians as a Retreat and Conference Centre. Also located on the site is the Catholic Parish Church of St Hugh of Lincoln, which stands on the site of the great chamber of the medieval palace and was originally built as the chapel for the Junior Seminary. The grounds, but not the buildings, of the Towers are open to visitors at all reasonable times but dogs are not permitted.
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  • had a quick stroll round here on a sunday morning after saying at the Lion Hotel. not a lot of info to find out about the place, church had a service on at the time. lots of young foreign people walki...  more »
  • We had a great morning in this beautiful building and grounds it is to be praised for all the diverse interest groups that use the Tower to help keep it "an alive and working building ".. Found the Ch...  more »
  • A nice place to wander around, limited information but the ''Knot Gardens'' are lovely. The old buildings are stunning, but not so much written about them. We had to go early so missed the open aftern...  more »