Tattershall is set in Lincolnshire, and was built in 1231! Ok, so this is what’s left of what used to be a very grand estate. It’s gone through a lot since then though, it fell into neglect in the 1700s and came up for sale in 1910 when it was bought by Lord Curzon who rescued the grand fireplaces from being shipped to America. Lord Curzon worked hard to restore the Castle but passed away in 1925 and left the property in the care of the National Trust. The castle is set over 6 floors including the basement you can visit, and the fireplaces are pretty grand so it’s a good thing they were saved. Set near the castle is the Holy Trinity Collegiate Church, which is worth a visit just to see the stained glass panels.This “coin purse” was Lord Cromwell’s symbol of sorts, and is a little questionable looking if you ask me…It can be found on a couple of the fireplaces around the castle. Graffiti through the ages. The higher you climb, the better the views you are rewarded with. After having our fill of the Castle, we headed next door to the church.These stained glass panels are very prominent apparently, and a few were removed to be put on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Gothic Exhibition in 2003. They were returned a year later to the church, after over 130,000 people viewed them.I loved this tiny door that we used to get in and out of the church, I felt like we were going somewhere really secretive.We said our last farewells to the castle and headed home. If you are in the area, I’d highly recommend a visit as it’s such a great property with a colourful history. You get a free audio guide to go around with, and as always, I’m a big advocate of audio guides as it adds so much more information as you’re walking around the cavernous rooms. I love it when I can learn a bit of history while exploring a beautiful property.
So it’s been a couple months now since we visited Tattershall Castle, so I thought I’d share it in case you’d like to visit as well now that the weather is getting a little nicer. When we were looking for National Trust properties to visit (gotta get the most out of our membership) less than two hours away was a castle! A real castle with a moat? I was all in.