Chastleton House, Oxfordshire, England

This evening, I am posting information on Chastleton House, a high status mansion for the early 17th century which is located in a secluded village roughly midway between Moreton-in-Marsh and Chipping Norton in Central England.

The Cotswolds region grew wealthy from the wool industry from medieval times onwards and Chastleton House was a manifestation of that era, being built by a wealthy wool merchant between 1607 and 1612.

Unusually, the house stayed in the same family for nearly 400 years, until 1991. Apparently, the family suffered financial losses during the English Civil War of the 17th century which were never recouped. Because the owners did not have the resources to progressively update the property is has remained as a virtual time capsule of the early 17th century. Inside can be found the Great Chamber, Long Gallery and a traditional kitchen whilst outside is a Jacobean Garden and Dovecote.

Chastleton is one of England’s historic treasures and is now open to the public under management of the National Trust.

Dovecote, Chastleton House, Oxfordshire. England

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