Castle / Fort
Broughton Castle is essentially a family home lived in by Lord and Lady Saye and Sele and their family. The original
medieval manor house, of which much remains today, was built in about 1300 by Sir John de Broughton.
It stands on an island site surrounded by a three acre moat. The castle was greatly enlarged between 1550 and 1600, at which time it
was embellished with magnificent plaster ceilings, splendid panelling and fine fireplaces.
In the 17th century William, 8th Lord Saye and Sele, played a leading role in national affairs. He opposed Charles 1's efforts to rule without Parliament and Broughton became a secret meeting place for the King's opponents. During the Civil War William raised a regiment and he and his four sons all fought at the Battle of Edgehill. After the battle the Castle was besieged and captured.
Arms and armour of the Civil War period and from other periods are displayed in the Great Hall. Visitors may also se the gatehouse, gardens and park together with the nearby 14th century parish church of St Mary, in which there are many family tombs, memorials and hatchments.
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