Great Tower viewed from the west.
White's Directory of Lincolnshire 1856 states :-
"A little to the S.W. of the town, stand the remains of TATTERSHALL CASTLE, which was erected about the year 1440, by the Lord Treasurer Cromwell, whose annual expenditure is stated to have been £5000, his household comprising 100 persons; and when be rode to London, he had in his suite generally 120 horsemen.
He is said to have expended 4000 marks in building the towers of this castle, which was surrounded by two fosses, and a great part of the inner one, faced with brick, still remains.
It was an extensive and formidable fortress, but was dilapidated in the wars between Charles I. and his parliament.
The part now remaining is one of the finest and most perfect specimens of ancient brickwork in the kingdom, being a rectangular tower, 100 feet high, divided into four stories, and flanked by four octagonal turrets.
It is raised on ponderous arches, forming spacious vaults, which extend through the angles of the building, into the bases of the turrets.
The walls are of great thickness; and the windows are of the pointed order, well proportioned, and containing tracery.
In the south-east turret is a staircase of 181 steps, ascending to the top of the fourth story, which was covered by a grand platform, or flat roof, which together with the several floors, is entirely destroyed, though the massive battlements, with the strong arched parapets, are in good preservation.
Three of the turrets are terminated by cones, covered with lead, but the cone of the fourth turret is gone.
On the ground floor is an elegant carved stone chimney piece, embattled and ornamented alternately with arms and treasury purses, with the motto, "nay je droit.""
DB 28 August 2019