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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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  • I have lived in the area all of my (considerable) life and driven past many times but never visited before! What a crying shame as I have been missing a treat! This castle is absolutely fascinating wi...  more »
  • On the way to Lincoln decided to visit this National Trust site. The audio guide is a very useful self guided tour and the actual visit to the different floors was accessed by steep winding stone stai...  more »
  • A regular visitor here as members of the National Trust. Just popped in for a coffee and as it was nice sat out on the picnic benches that are in the grounds. In the warmer weather they have deckchair...  more »
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  • We visited this property during a day out at another location. We were pleased to have made the effort to pass by, as the property and the grounds are stunning. Once you've worked your way to the top of the building, the views are beautiful. To think that somebody owned all of that land is mind blowing. Take advantage of the audio guide provided. It really adds to the experience, and helps you to visualise the lifestyle of that time. The building itself has a few period items within it, however, I would have loved to have seen a fully furnished castle. The on-site shop is stocked with lovely gifts and goodies, however, they are very pricey. Dogs are not allowed in the property, but are allowed on the grounds.
  • Good day out for children. Think it's a right of passage for all Lincolnshire children to visit. They had a sandpit round the back also on this visit which my daughter enjoyed. And yum Jersey ice cream. Little disappointed they aren't using local produce but it was tasty all the same.
  • I was just passing by when I saw the castle. Impressive height, but unfortunately not a lot to see inside of it. The rooms are empty. But when you arrive at the top, it's a spectacular view. Outside court it's very nice as well.
  • Great little tower to visit. You can often watch all the RAF practice from here.
  • Nice castle to walk up and gives great views of the area but nothing else there.