Game of Thrones-style fortress:Wigmore Castle, linked to the War of the Roses and owned by Queen Elizabeth I, is for sale for £800k

The medieval fortress is set in 32 acres of countryside and has a moat, a jousting field and ancient woodland...

An Englishman’s home is his castle and these days you can buy an actual one for less than the cost of a family house in north London.

Wigmore Castle, in Herefordshire, is set in 32 acres of countryside and has a moat, a jousting field, ancient woodland – and is on sale for a mere £800,000.

It is the perfect place to play out your Game of Thrones fantasies and could pass for the site of one of the battles in George RR Martin's novels and TV series.

The ruin is believed to date from the 14th century, but some of it is from the Norman era, when a fortress was held by Edward the Elder.

It also has links to the War of the Roses because it was inherited by Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, who returned to Wigmore in 1455 to gather a large army for the battle of St Albans against Henry VI's forces.

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If you want to play out your Game of Thrones fantasies then why not purchase the remnants of a castle linked to the Wars of the Roses that inspired George RR Martin's books

Richard Plantagenet’s son, who took up his Roses cause, was crowned Edward IV after defeating Owen Tudor at the battle of Mortimer’s Cross, meaning Wigmore Castle became a royal estate. It remained in possession of the Crown until Elizabeth I sold it to Sir Thomas Harley in 1601.

However, Sir Thomas' son was an avid supporter of Oliver Cromwell and during the Civil War his wife ordered Parliamentarian troops to dismantle the castle walls to stop it being used by Royalist forces.

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Parts of the castle walls date back to when it was a Norman fortress in Edward the Elder's day

Wigmore is now under the guardianship of the Secretary of State and Historic England, which accepts responsibility - but not ownership, in this case - for buildings of “outstanding historic or architectural interest”.

This means a purchaser wouldn’t have to pay for the upkeep of the crumbling castle. However, it is not certain if a buyer would be allowed to build on the site or even make the castle inhabitable, particularly as it is Grade I-listed.

Also, any monument under guardianship of the Secretary of State must by law be made open to the public – so if you’re keen to pull up the drawbridge and keep the commoners out you'll have to think again. 

Wigmore Castle for sale details


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