• Warblington Castle

    We’re lucky to have a lot of history right on our doorstep. Talk about convenient. Warblington is a small suburb of a local town just a couple of minutes from us. Its most impressive landmark is a large solitary tower which stands out in the fields which surround it.

    Although commonly referred to as ‘Warblington Castle’ , it was actually a large fortified manor house, which was thought to have a moat, a chapel and an armoury (so not exactly your standard house).

    For years we saw it without really knowing what it was – it’s on private land so you can’t get to it. It was built in the early 1500s by Margaret Pole, the Countess of Salisbury. The Countess had an interesting life and for a time was at Court with Henry VII. However, she dropped out of favour and was arrested in Warblington for treason. She was later beheaded under Henry VII’s rule for being a ‘traitor’ after spending two and a half years in the Tower of London. She was 67. It’s reported that her execution was a pretty horrible one – the executioner took several blows before completing the job.

    The house is thought to have had some pretty impressive guests, the best being Queen Elizabeth I, who stayed there when she was visiting the southern counties of England in the 1580s. Somehow I’m not sure we’d get royalty there now.   
    It was destroyed in the 1600s during the Civil War – the octagonal turret is all that remains.

    posted by You're History


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