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Beaupre Castle

Old Beaupre Castle is far from an easy castle to get to, so don't expect your SatNav to take you to this fabulous fortified manor.

History of Beaupre Castle

1300 ~ A fortified manor house is built by the Basset family.

1500's ~ Intensive remodelling is undertaken, started by Sir Rice Mansel, continued by William Basset and completed by William's son, Richard.

1586 ~ The impressive outer gatehouse is completed. (more in the History section)

Castle today

Access to this fortified manor house is from a poorly signposted public footpath across a field where there is limited parking for no more than 3 cars by the side of the road. As you walk across the field down the gentle valley of the river Thaw, the rustic medieval and then Tudor manor house, comes into view. The medieval part dates from about 1300, consisted of a group of buildings loosely arranged around the southernmost, or inner court. In the 16th century an extensive program of rebuilding was undertaken, started by Sir Rice Mansel, continued by William Bassett and finished by his son Richard. These are remarkably well preserved, despite the ruinous state of most of the buildings around them. They demonstrate the Bassetts' wealth and pretensions to grandeur, as was doubtless their intention at the time. The heraldic panels and inscriptions on each leave no doubt as to who built them. You will enter over a stile in the walled outer court and pass through a great wooden door in the gatehouse. Once inside there is plenty to explore with some fabulous noteworthy features, especially on the decorative porch, its fireplaces and windows. A terrific castle well worth the short walk.

Text by Fred Vincent