Tattershall Castle, Tattershall, Lincolnshire

Tattershall Castle, Tattershall, Lincolnshire

Tattershall is a village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of the county, located on the A153 Horncastle to Sleaford road.

The village is steeped in history and none more so than the castle, fashioned during the early 13th century by Robert de Tattershall. It was greatly expanded and rebuilt in brick during the 15th century by Ralph de Cromwell, 3rd Baron Cromwell, Henry VI's Lord High Treasurer. Of the original stone castle some remains can still be seen.

Brick castles were 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. About 700,000 bricks were used to build the castle, and perhaps Ralph de Cromwell had already forseen the demise of the traditional stone Castle when making this decision.

The castle passed hands through the centuries, often falling to neglet, and was finally put up for sale during the early 20th century with its greatest historic treasures, the huge medieval fireplaces, still intact. When an American bought them they were ripped out but Lord Curzon of Kedleston stepped in to buy the castle and was determined to get the fireplaces back. The fireplaces were sought and recovered in London and restored to the castle.

During the 1920s, Lord Curzon passed away and the Castle was left to the National Trust. Today, the old guardhouse is the gift shop, and the grounds are home to a number of peacocks.

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