WE went to see Broughton Castle over the last bank holiday, we went with Vernon's sister Dee and I must say this was a lovely day, not only was the weather good but this is the most fascinating place to visit.
I brought a book on the place so some of this is from the book "In about 1300 Sir John de Broughton built his manor house in a sheltered site at the junction of three streams and surrounded it with a substantial moat" Originally it was just a hall which you can see in the pictures,
The history of this place is vast and too much to write on here, "William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester and Chancellor of England bought the house in 1377 and has been in continuous ownership of the same family" "In 1554 Richard Fiennes completed major reconstruction and raised the roof to accommodate two floors above the great hall"
I saw this beautiful piece of needlework I am sorry its not as clear as I would have liked but it was a beautiful piece of work.
The Bury Lodge Room, this wallpaper is by Zuber of Alsace and dates from 1840.
The gardens, in 1900 they had 114 gardeners today they have one.
The black swan on the moat
Another side of the moat with the landscape fields and Long Horn cattle grazing.
Close up of the cattle
I hope you enjoy the tour around the Castle, although its called a castle is more like a manor house, well worth a visit but do check the times of opening as they do not open every day.
"Ride a Cock Horse the local legend has it that the famous nursery rhyme "Ride a cock horse to Banbury cross to see a Fiennes lady ride on a white horse" as opposed to see a fine lady"
The Explorer and Author Sit Randolph Finnes and his brother Ralph are direct descendants from family,
It has been used as a film location in productions of Shakespeare in Love 1998, The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show with Diana Rigg 1975, The Scarlet Pimpernel 1982. Three men and a Little Lady 1990,The madness of King George 1994, and most recent Jane Eyre 2011
I hope you enjoyed this post, if you get a chance to visit do, its is a fascinating place