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Tattershall Castle
Tattershall Castle
Tattershall Castle

An illustration of Tattershall Castle in romantic style at about the time of its restoration by Lord Curzon of Kedleston in 1911.

The huge red brick keep, 110 ft high, was part of an extensive castle built by Ralph Lord Cromwell in c1435.

The upper parts of the building were designed for defence - contrary to most great houses of the day, but possibly reflecting Cromwell's great power and unpopularity (Pevsner).

Postcard, c1910

Tattershall, castle, Ralph Cromwell, Lord Curzon,
Tattershall Castle, Moat
Tattershall Castle, Moat
Tattershall Castle, Moat

Tattershall Castle had two moats. The Bridge shown here gave access to the Inner Bailey.

The guard house at the NE corner of the Outer Bailey also survives and today houses the National Trust entrance and shop, also a small museum.

Ken Redmore, 2010

Tattershall, Castle, moat, guard house, National Trust,
Tattershall Castle, Roof
Tattershall Castle, Roof
Tattershall Castle, Roof

The defensive structure above the 3 principal floors of Tattershall Castle consists of two low storeys, the lower of which is mainly open to the sky.

The arrangement and design of arcaded galleries along the four sides are quite common in castles of the period in France but are relatively rarely found in England. 

Ken Redmore, 2010

Tattershall, Castle, roof, galleries, arcades,
Tattershall Castle, Tracery
Tattershall Castle, Tracery
Tattershall Castle, Tracery

The hall on the second floor of Tattershall Castle has a fine chimney-piece on the west wall. (This is one of the pieces famously rescued at the eleventh hour from export to USA by Lord Curzon).

Heraldic shields are carved in a band above the opening and this representation of a purse appears in the panel tracery, reflecting Ralph Cromwell's office.

Ralph Cromwell was the Treasurer of England in 1433 at the time of the castle's construction.


Ken Redmore, 2010

Tattershall, castle, Thomas Cromwell, purse, treasurer,
Tattershall Castle, View from Roof
Tattershall Castle, View from Roof
Tattershall Castle, View from Roof

The much admired view from the parapet walk of Tattershall Castle, looking east.

To the left in the middle distance is the guard house situated at the NE corner of the Outer Bailey.

To the right is the fine Perpendicular church of Holy Trinity.

Ken Redmore, 2010

Tattershall, Castle, guard house, church,
Tattershall Thorpe, Anglo Saxon anvil
Tattershall Thorpe, Anglo Saxon anvil
Tattershall Thorpe, Anglo Saxon anvil

This innocuous-looking piece of iron is actually an important are rare survival.

It is a portable metalworking anvil, excavated as part of a grave assemblage at Tattershall Thorpe in 1981, and at the time the only example of its type known from Britain.

The grave assemblage was that of a travelling smith and contained a treasure trove of tools and scraps intended for recycling.

Courtesy of Lincolnshire County Council, The Collection

Tattershall, Thorpe, anvil, smith, iron
Tattershall, Bridge over the River Witham
Tattershall, Bridge over the River Witham
Tattershall, Bridge over the River Witham

John Rennie built this fine red brick bridge at Tattershall over the Witham in 1815 to replace an earlier bridge of c1795 which had collapsed when the river was being dredged.

Stone copings and iron railings were provided in 1920 but removed in 1977.

A new road bridge was built alongside in 1991/92.

Ken Redmore, 2003

Tattershall, Tattershall Bridge, Witham, John Rennie,
Tattershall, Castle
Tattershall, Castle
Tattershall, Castle

Aerial view of the castle.

postcard issued by Jack Braithwaite of Leeds, date uncertain

Tattershall, castle, Jack Braithwaite
Tattershall, Castle
Tattershall, Castle
Tattershall, Castle
A fanciful reconstruction of the castle depicted in a postcard issued by Walter Scott of Bradford.
Tattershall, castle, Walter Scott
Tattershall, Holy Trinity
Tattershall, Holy Trinity
Tattershall, Holy Trinity

The original 15th century stained glass of Holy Trinity has all gone (to St Martin's, Stamford), apart from that now in the east window.

September 2010

Tattershall, Holy Trinity
Tattershall, Holy Trinity
Tattershall, Holy Trinity
Tattershall, Holy Trinity

Founded by Ralph Lord Cromwell in the 15th century, Holy Trinity is an outstanding example of Perpendicular architecture.

The tall, long cruciform building is lit by the many huge windows Ė those at the ends of the transepts being particularly impressive.

September 2010

Tattershall, Holy Trinity, Ralph Lord Cromwell, Perpendicular
Tattershall, Holy Trinity,
Tattershall, Holy Trinity,
Tattershall, Holy Trinity,

View of Holy Trinity from the south.

September 2010

Tattershall, Holy Trinity
Tattershall, Holy Trinity, Chancel
Tattershall, Holy Trinity, Chancel
Tattershall, Holy Trinity, Chancel
The east window still retains original - though reassembled - stained glass of 1481-82.
Tattershall, Holy Trinity, east windwo, stained glass
Tattershall, Holy Trinity, North Door
Tattershall, Holy Trinity, North Door
Tattershall, Holy Trinity, North Door

This door on the north side of the nave, possibly original, is the usual modern entrance to the church.  It has a small wicket.

September 2010

Tattershall, Holy Trinity, north door, wicket
Tattershall, Holy Trinity, Tom Thumb grave
Tattershall, Holy Trinity, Tom Thumb grave
Tattershall, Holy Trinity, Tom Thumb grave

Tom Thumb, a character from English folklore, has a tiny house in Tattershall Market Place (on the roof ridge).

This is his supposed grave, bearing the inscription: "T Thumb / aged 101 / Died 1620"

September 2010

Tattershall, Holy Trinity, Tom Thumb, grave
Tattershall, Medieval whistle
Tattershall, Medieval whistle
Tattershall, Medieval whistle

This glazed ceramic whistle is in the form of a jesterís head and was discovered at Tattershall in 1980 and dates to the 16th Century.

Such representations are rare and the whistle may have formed part of a jesterís equipment.

Although not found at Tattershall Castle, the whistle may have some connection to festivities held there.

Courtesy of Lincolnshire County Council, The Collection

Tattershall, ceramic whistle, jester
Tattershall, Railway Notice
Tattershall, Railway Notice
Tattershall, Railway Notice

Like the vast majority of country railway stations, there was no pedestrian bridge between the two passenger platforms at Tattershall.

The station entrance, main station building and ticket office were all on the north (up) platform and passengers were obliged to walk across the lines to access the down platform.

Matthew Wibley 

Tattershall, station notice