Spring repairs 2009

Two renovation projects for the winter / spring. The first is complete – a new section of wall to protect the inside bank of the moat. The second is new roof tiles on the west end of the house. This is underway now and should be finished in May. The tiles are a pale Cotswold …Read more

Posted on: Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Batman and Robin visit Broughton Castle 2008

On Wednesday 19 November 2008 Batman and Robin came to Broughton Castle in their Bat Mobile! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? (Am I talking about the right super hero? -No!) Is it the real Batman and Robin? No! It was some of the teachers, pupils and parents of local Frank Wise School …Read more

Posted on: Monday, January 26th, 2009

Hornton ironstone at Broughton

Reading about Hornton stone, the stone used at Broughton. It is from Hornton village about 6 miles away just up by Edgehill and the Warwickshire border. Alec Clifton-Taylor in his 1972 “The Pattern of English Building” writes of it thus “This beautiful stone, understandably beloved of sculptors as well as formerly for building, is unusual, …Read more

Posted on: Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

"My yew fence of England. Who can stand against thee?"

March saw the return of the Pickwick Pepperpots to Broughton. This is a Midlands-based longbow only archers club. About 80 bowmen (?) archers (?) – I’m not sure of the correct term – participated, firing at various ‘marks’ around the park. One mark placed very close to the moat resulted in the loss of numerous …Read more

Posted on: Monday, April 28th, 2008

You learn something everyday

A pillow mound. I think it is possible to make out this earthwork in the Park at Broughton from these pictures that I took at the weekend. Anyway it is a mound, about 30 feet by 8 feet, (the dog gives it scale). Pillow mounds are part of the normal agricultural landscape from the middle …Read more

Posted on: Monday, March 6th, 2006

Lining the swimming pool

This winter’s repair and maintenance work has involved emptying the moat to about a quarter of its normal volume, and tackling the deteriorating inner bank on the north side of the moat either side of the Gatehouse. Time, the ducks and the beastly Canada geese are probably responsible for the gradual erosion of these banks. …Read more

Posted on: Monday, February 13th, 2006

700th Anniversary

The core of the existing house was built in 1306 by Sir John de Broughton. That makes these corbel heads in the Groined Passage 700 years old this year. In recognition of their longevity and the hundreds of years that they have watched over us, we give them a blogout (‘blog outing’ ?)… We don’t …Read more

Posted on: Monday, February 13th, 2006

Nice Lines…

Nice lines…Broughton Castle November’s frost 2005 copyright Martin Fiennes, (and my current screensaver)  

Posted on: Monday, February 13th, 2006

Events 2006

Now that I am 95% finished on the new website (see www.broughtoncastle.com) I am going to start off doing some more regular postings on the blog. So, advance notice here of a few events lining up for Broughton in 2006: Saturday 17th May – Flower festival in Broughton church Saturday 3rd June – Walk in …Read more

Posted on: Monday, February 13th, 2006

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Last Friday the Oxford-based theatre company Cakes & Ale planned an outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the front lawn at Broughton to raise funds for the Helen and Douglas House hospice for children and young adults. The combination of an ominous forecast and even greyer skies led to the production being hastily …Read more

Posted on: Thursday, August 25th, 2005
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