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Settlement - Castles and Towers
 
Belton House, Park, Bellmount Tower
Belton House, Park, Bellmount Tower
Belton House, Park, Bellmount Tower

Viewing tower built by Viscount Tyrconnel c1751. Visual termination to the eastern avenue leading from Belton House.

DB 4 December 2017.

Belton Kesteven, Belton House, Bellmount Tower
Boston, Hussey Tower
Boston, Hussey Tower
Boston, Hussey Tower

The Hussey Tower, close to the centre of Boston (TF 331436), is one of the earliest brick buildings in Lincolnshire (c1460).

It was built by Richard Benyngton JP as part of a larger domestic complex.

Among the surviving architectural features of interest are a brick vaulted ceiling and an octagonal stair turret.

It is in the care of the Heritage Trust for Lincolnshire on behalf of the owners, Boston Borough Council.

Postcard, c1910
Boston, tower, benyngton,
Castle Bytham, Castle
Castle Bytham, Castle
Castle Bytham, Castle

These earthworks are thought to be the remains of the Norman Castle which took advantage of a naturally defensive site which was improved by the building of ditches and a Motte and Bailey.

Further developments including an outer Bailey have made this site complex and difficult to interpret.

Castle Bytham, norman,
Lincoln Castle
Lincoln Castle
Lincoln Castle

The Norman Castle at Lincoln was built by William the Conqueror in the late-eleventh century on the site of a Roman structure.

It is owned by Lincolnshire County Council and is used for outdoor concerts and the annual Christmas Market.

Undated postcard

Buildings,
Old Bolingbroke, Castle
Old Bolingbroke, Castle
Old Bolingbroke, Castle

Bolingbroke Castle was built in the early 13th century to a hexagonal plan, with five towers and a gatehouse.

The future King Henry IV was born here in 1366. Besieged and taken by Parliamentary forces in 1643, the towers and walls were later largely demolished, preventing further use of the castle.

This view across the moat from the SW shows the remains of two of the towers, and in the distance Old Bolingbroke church.


Frank Robinson, 2011

Old Bolingbroke, castle, Henry IV, English Heritage,
Somerton Castle
Somerton Castle
Somerton Castle

This quadrangular castle with circular towers at the corners was built in 1281 by Antony Bek, Bishop of Durham. King John of France was imprisoned in the castle in 1359-60.

Parts of three towers remain. An Elizabethan wing was added to the SE tower.

Boothby Graffoe,
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,
Torksey, Castle
Torksey, Castle
Torksey, Castle

Torksey Castle was built in the middle of the sixteenth century by the wealthy Jermyn family of Suffolk, possibly as a convenient resting place on the road to York.

In August 1645 during the English Civil War it was almost totally destroyed by Parliamentarians.

The west front and part of the kitchen range are all that remain of this once impressive country house.
 

Torksey, Castle, Jermyn