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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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  • We were visiting nearby wood hall spa and spent a good morning at tattersall castle. It was near Halloween and it had a great treasure hunt for kids that took you all around the castle. Great place fu...  more »
  • From visiting on route to see family I would thoroughly recommend, it's a visit that will last an hour or so. The history guide you are given kept the children entertained. Entrance for a family inexp...  more »
  • Former home of Oliver Cromwell and a Church built in 15th C. Not somewhere you can spend a whole day but well worth the stop off and the views of Coningsby from the top are spectacular.  more »
  • 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.