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Farleigh Hungerford Castle

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Farleigh Hungerford
Nr Bath

Farleigh Hungerford was begun in the 1370s by Sir Thomas Hungerford, Speaker of the Commons, and extended in the 15th century by his son Walter, Lord Hungerford, Agincourt veteran and distinguished medieval statesman.

The remains of their fortified mansion, built in the most up-to-date and fashionable quadrangular style of the time, included four tall corner towers (two no longer standing) along with a walled outer court incorporating a complete castle Chapel and attendant Priest's House.

Crowded with fine family monuments and bedecked with wall-paintings, the chapel stands above a crypt where the lead coffins of 16th and 17th century Hungerfords are still visible. These have 'death masks' of the deceased indented into them, and are probably the best examples of their type in Britain.

The colourful Hungerford family included two members executed during the Wars of the Roses and another - who imprisoned his wife here for four years - beheaded for alleged treason and witchcraft by Henry VIII.

One Lady Hungerford was hanged for murdering her first husband and burning his body in the castle's kitchen oven, another was charged with adultery and attempted poisoning.

The chequered history of Farleigh and its owners is told in interpretation panels, extensive displays in the Priest's House, and an audio tour.

Much improved facilities for disabled visitors include a touch-screen virtual tour, while family and educational facilities include a 'book box', a schools base and examples of historic costumes.

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Road Access:
In Farleigh Hungerford, 9 miles SE of Bath; 3 1/2 miles West of Trowbridge on A366.

Train Access:
Avoncliffe 2 miles; Trowbridge 3 1/2 miles

Bus Access:
Bodmans 96 from Trowbridge (passes close to Trowbridge railway station) then 1 1/2 mile

Farleigh Hungerford Castle Postcode for SatNav: BA2 7RS


01225 754026
01225 754026

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