The beginnings of Broughton Castle's digital archive. Look out for new additions...
The Family Tree
showing the descent of Broughton in the families of Wykeham, Fiennes and Twistleton.
Ready for its close-up
by Stephen Lacey, an article on the castle's garden from the Daily Telegraph's colour supplement published on July 31st 2004.
Focus on Broughton Castle
by Julia Abel-Smith, Historic House Association magazine, Winter 2002.
Broughton Castle, Oxfordshire
by Harry Gordon Slade, reprinted from The Archeological Journal, Vol 135, for 1978, and published by the Royal Archeological Institute.
The Parish Church of Saint Mary Broughton with North Newington
published by Broughton and North Newington Parochial Church Council
Heritage as Treasure Trove
We hope to include in this section articles and documents about the church and Castle which may be of interest but which are perhaps otherwise hard to get hold of.
Broughton was the focus of a feature for the Historic Houses Association in 2002, describing the house's magnificent restoration from an incarnation in 1948 when, in the words of Lord Saye himself, "the house was derelict, there was water through the roof and the garden was in disorder". Another article from the Daily Telegraph's colour magazine "Ready for its close-up" of July 31st 2004 by Stephen Lacey traces the recent history of that garden.
In his 1978 architectural history of the castle , Mr Harry Gordon Slade of the Royal Archaeological Institute writes, "The first view of Broughton suggests a great Elizabethan house which has been grafted on to an earlier medieval house of the first half of the fourteenth century. Like many first impressions, this is a dangerous over-simplification."
Mr Gordon Slade then proceeds in great detail to outline the development of the house from its 13th century core (which "like the ghost of a family face ... has left its impression on all its descendants"), to its many transformation over the centuries.
The Broughton and North Newington Parochial Church Council published a pamphlet to welcome visitors to the parish church. In it is told the story of a church which, tracing its long history back to the 13th century, continues to be a place of worship.
As family trees go, the descent of Broughton through the families of Wykham, Fiennes and Twistleton has been eventful, recording as well the ups and downs of the Barony of Saye and Sele.