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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  • Best visited on a clear day when you can see all the landmarks from the battlements. The castle has a fascinating history and the audio guide is excellent, just wait a second after touching the screen...  more »
  • Nice looking castle but for me the main attraction was the view of it outside and the church next door which all comes free of charge. If you like looking inside at the history and objects then well w...  more »
  • We visited here on a very cold, windy day and were welcomed by a lovely volunteer which was very helpful and informative. Even though the weather was bad we really enjoyed looking around the castle an...  more »
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  • Not the original castle but a superb replica building with some of the original castle features remaining and a fascinating story behind it. The castle's in a lovely setting with fantastic views when you get to the top, there is plenty of wildlife on the site and the associated church is worth a visit as well. Just a shame about the modern day graffiti etched into the stonework...off with their heads!!
  • A good size brick built ‘castle’, with an interesting history. Highly interesting moat. No cooked food onsite - always a treat at those NT properties that have it. No charging point(s) for electric cars.
  • What views on a lovely clear day. Interesting history. Not furnished. Need to use your imagination.
  • Great place. Amazing that you can still get to all the floors. Amazing view also.
  • Fantastic day out with the family. Took part in the halloween spooktacular trail and crafts. Really good fun. Prize at the end could have been a bit better tho but overall great day!

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