Tattershall Castle, Tattershall

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Tattershall Castle is a castle in Tattershall, Lincolnshire, England, about 12 miles (19 km) north east of Sleaford. It is in the care of the National Trust.HistoryTattershall Castle has its origins in either a stone castle or a fortified manor house, built by Robert de Tattershall in 1231. This was largely rebuilt in brick, and greatly expanded, by Ralph, 3rd Lord Cromwell, Treasurer of England, between 1430 and 1450.Brick castles are less common in England than stone or earth and timber constructions; when brick was chosen as a building material it was often for its aesthetic appeal or because it was fashionable. The trend for using bricks was introduced by Flemish weavers. There was plenty of stone available nearby, but Cromwell chose to use brick. About 700,000 bricks were used to build the castle, which has been described as "the finest piece of medieval brick-work in England".Of Lord Cromwell's castle, the 130 foot (40 metre) high Great Tower and moat still remain. It is thought that the castle's three state rooms were once splendidly fitted out and the chambers were heated by immense Gothic fireplaces with decorated chimney pieces and tapestries. It has been said that the castle was an early domestic country mansion masquerading as a fortress. Cromwell died in 1456, and the castle was initially inherited by his niece, Joan Bouchier, but it was confiscated by the Crown after her husband's demise. Tattershall Castle was recovered in 1560 by Sir Henry Sidney, who sold it to Lord Clinton, later Earl of Lincoln, and it remained with the Earls of Lincoln until 1693. It passed to the Fortesques, but then fell into neglect.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We were lucky enough to visit on one of the organised Sealed Knot reenactment days on a beautiful summer's day and had a brilliant time exploring the castle, watching the various demonstrations and ch...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    The castle in Tattershall is a great day out and well worth remembering to take a picnic if the weather looks good. There is parking but can be difficult to spot the entrance. Lovely well kept by the ...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Came here for a picnic after Go Wake. It's a lovely place to go, wish we'd had more time to spend there  more »
  • What a view from the battlements! On a fairly clear day you can see further than 10 miles all around from the top of the battlements. It's worth the effort of climbing all 149 steps to admire one of the best views in the area. Very well maintained and an absolute must if you're in the area.
  • Nice place to visit. Not a castle as I'm used to. More a large tower. Pretty sparse inside but some interesting features further up the tower. View from the top is marvellous.
  • An interesting historic site of a well preserved brick built castle. Well worth a visit
  • Such friendly staff... and a beautiful castle. Great combination.
  • Had a good time walking around, soaking up the atmosphere of the place. Even had a treat of seeing aircraft of the BBMF flying over too!

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