Tattershall Castle History
The first castle, which was founded by a licence granted to Sir Robert de
Tatershall in 1231, had a bailey surrounded by a stone wall and towers and a wet moat.
This castle descended to Ralph, 3rd Baron Cromwell, Treasurer of England from
1433 to 1443, who transformed it into a magnificent defensible palace of brick, culminating in a
tower 36 m high, which dominated the surrounding flat countryside.
Tattershall Castle is the earliest surviving building in
England to display a fully developed language of brick architecture capable of providing all the
required structural and decorative features.
Work at the Tattershall Castle started in 1432. The castle
remained habitable until 1693 but it was partly demolished before 1726 and again in 1790. George
Nathaniel, 1st Marquis Curzon of Kedleston (1859–1925), bought the castle in 1911 and bequeathed it
to the National Trust.
Tattershall Castle proclaimed the beauty of brick and its
suitability for the noblest patrons and introduced foreign makers and layers who must have provided
an important training ground in their skills.
The standard of brickmaking and laying is extremely high, and the building
accounts contain the earliest known reference to bricks being made in specified sizes. These gave
the turrets their precise arrises and accurate bond and allowed interesting diaper patterns to be
made, especially on the show-front.
These brickmaking and laying skills were new to England; they accompany such
un-English details in the brickwork as the pointed-arch friezes, the quirked casement mouldings and
mouchettes of the vaulting, as well as the diapering and design of the lodgings’ chimney-stack with
its kneeled-out and stepped gablet.
By contrast the design of the stonework, especially the spectacular
chimney-pieces, traceried windows and string courses, is typically English. The foreign detailing
has precedents on buildings across northern Europe from the Low Countries to the Baltic.
Tattershall Castle Visitor Information
Tatterhal Castle is managed by the National Trust of England and it is
open for visits.
A climb to the top of the castle (six floors, 150 steps) will end wih a
beautiful view of the area from the roof.
An audio tour is also available and will introduce you to the 15th century
daily life at Tattershall Castle
Tickets and opening hours:.
Here are the informative prices (2011) for addmission to Tatterhal Castle :
adult tickets: £5.50, child tickets £3 and family tickets: £14 (£12.60). For updated
information about tickets and opening hours please visit the official website.or contact directly the office manager:
Group visits must be booked in advance.
Fax: 01526 348826
Tattershall Castle Map&Location
Tattershall Castle location: Sleaford Road, Tattershall, LN4 4LR, United Kingdom. Use this map
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