In 1231, Tattershall Castle was constructed by Robert de Tattershall so it is nearly 800 years old!
In 1430 until 1450, Lord Ralph Cromwell who we told you about in the Church, decided to have a major expansion on the castle and he used bricks to rebuild the castle. It was more common for a castle to have a timber, earth or stone construction.
Tattershall Castle was unique because it was constructed using a rare red brick which is only seen in a handful of other Castles in the whole county. The brick material was often used to look fashionable rather than be functional, but it has certainly stood the test of time!
So how many bricks do you think The Great Tower of Tattershall Castle is built with?
The answer is an amazing 700,000 brick (give or take a few!)! How close was your guess? We think it deserves the title as the finest brick worked castle from the medieval time, don’t you?
Have you also noticed that Tattershall Castle still has its moat? A moat is a deep, wide ditch surrounding a castle, fort, or town, typically filled with water and intended as a defence against attack. It is also home to one of the largest Great-Crested newt colonies in Lincolnshire, possibly rivalling some even in the whole of the Midlands! Can you see if you can spot one?
Can you imagine years ago that people wanted to destroy this beautiful castle? The Castle only looks defensive, but it was never intended for this though! It was a simply a really good-looking home. Although It was attacked by the Royalists during the English Civil War and mostly destroyed, sparing only the Great Tower as seen today. Thank goodness!
Can you imagine this being your house? Can you imagine living in it?
Shall we go inside and take a further look?
Turn to the next page on your Passport to find out more about inside the castle.