The National Trust’s Tattershall Castle welcomed a very special guest yesterday.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, President of the National Trust, was shown around the magnificent brick Great Tower of Tattershall, a dramatic embodiment of what wealth and power looked like in the fifteenth century. The tour included viewing the magnificent medieval fireplaces – famously spared exportation to America by Lord Curzon in 1914, inspecting four sixteenth century Flemish tapestries and climbing the 149 steps of the spiral staircase to the top of the tower.
On his arrival to the site His Royal Highness met students from Highlees Primary School just as they were finishing their fun-packed day at the castle; the students having explored the tower from basement to battlements, played with medieval toys and designed their very own crowns of which they wore with pride.
Once inside the Great Tower, The National Trust’s Archaeologist Rachael Hall and the Castle Committee Chairman James Hoff talked to His Royal Highness about the specifics of caring for the castle and showed him Tattershall’s fascinating historic graffiti scratched into the stonework; graffiti which varies from a soldier’s name etched during the English Civil War to mason marks made during the buildings construction.
On ascending to the second floor, The Prince of Wales then met members of the property staff who greet visitors and help to care for the buildings, collection and wildlife at Tattershall Castle. His Royal Highness was then shown the historic furniture purchased by Lord Curzon to decorate the empty castle after it was restored from ruin between 1912-14.
Finally, His Royal Highness was guided up to very top of the Great Tower to enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the Lincolnshire fens and the counties famous ‘big sky’. On a clear day from the battlements of the Castle, you can spot Lincoln Cathedral on the horizon, over 18 miles away as the crow flies.
The visit concluded with a tour of the adjacent Collegiate Church for the Holy Trinity, which historically was part of the castle complex but now is in the care of the local dieses. His Royal Highness met with volunteers that help maintain the late medieval church, along with various representatives from the local community and was shown highlights of the building that included the fifteenth century stained glass and the grave of Tom Thumb.
Paul Robinson, Operations Manager at Tattershall Castle, said, “We’re delighted to have welcomed His Royal Highness to Tattershall Castle today and share with him some of the projects that we have planned as well as the history of this important site. This visit is a wonderful way to recognise the hard work of our whole team in looking after the buildings, collection and wildlife of Tattershall Castle all year round. After all, it’s not every day we get such regal visitors.”