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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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  • Really impressed with this lovely National Trust property. I am a NT member but the entry charge is modest for those who are not and it is well worth paying to visit. There are 142 spiral steps but it...  read more »
  • Was visiting my sister-in-law who lives nearby decided to visited the castle as I am in National Trust it is a lovely place to visit lovely fire places inside climbed to the top of castle which is wel...  read more »
  • High standards expected of National Trust sites. You get what you pay for and the annual membership is dragging us to some amazing places. Tattershall Castle is in fantastic shape and has a very inter...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Interesting to castle to look around, structurally in pretty good shape though little interior decoration remains. Good views from the top.
  • Wonderful old castle with moat, sandpit and a coffee shop. The castle is sparse but fascinating, with multiple levels (and lots of stairs) The views from the roof are incredible, you can watch the jets at neighbouring RAF Coningsby, admire the country park or take in the views towards Lincoln cathedral.
  • Well kept grounds as you would expect with NT. Church nearby great for tea and home made cakes
  • Amazing views but lots of steps so be warned if you find that difficult. Try to visit on a clear day as you can see for miles.
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