For the first time in five years we managed a holiday away with Ginny boys in Lincolnshire during the last full week of July. We stayed at Tattershall Lakes Leisure Park near Connisby and had a good rest as well as seeing the sights nearby and also visiting the coast too. It was a clothed holiday but was relaxing nevertheless. We set of on Monday travelling via A120, M11, A1 and A16 to reach Boston just after lunch. Typically the weather was inclement but it stayed mainly dry for the best part. Unfortunately I was struggling with my arthritic knees but even so it didn’t really spoil my enjoyment. Boston is a pleasant town and is probably the inspiration for its namesake in Massachusetts in America.
It is well set out has a square and a river running through it as well as a towering spired church. After lunch at the “ Moon Under Water “ pub down by the River Witham we looked in a few shops then headed back to the car to continue the last part of our journey north through the countryside to reach Tattershall around 3 o’clock.
The Tattershall Lakes Leisure Park has cabins, mobile homes as well as space for caravan and camping. We were in a mobile home and even though it wasn’t luxurious it fitted our needs perfectly. We unpacked had dinner then relaxed with a few drinks and an early night.
Tattershall Lakes is situated right by the RAF bases at Connisby so we saw many jet fighters and nimrod early warning reconnaissance planes during our stay of four days.
Tuesday we decided after a good hearty breakfast to visit the nearby Tattershall Castle which is run by the national trust. Tattershall Castle has its origins in either a stone castle or a fortified manor house, built by Robert de Tattershall in 1231.This was largely rebuilt in brick, and greatly expanded, by Ralph, 3rd Lord Cromwell, Treasurer of England, between 1430 and 1450.Brick castles are less common in England than stone or earth and timber constructions; when brick was chosen as a building material it was often for its aesthetic appeal or because it was fashionable.
Of Lord Cromwell’s castle, the 130 foot (40 metre) high Great Tower and moat still remain. It is thought that the castle’s three state rooms were once splendidly fitted out and the chambers were heated by immense Gothic fireplaces with decorated chimney pieces and tapestries. It has been said that the castle was an early domestic country mansion masquerading as a fortress.Tattershall Castle was recovered in 1560 by Sir Henry Sidney, who sold it to Lord Clinton, later Earl of Lincoln, and it remained with the Earls of Lincoln until 1693.It passed to the Fortesques, but then fell into neglect.
It was put up for sale in 1910. Its greatest treasures, the huge medieval fireplaces, were still intact. When an American bought them they were ripped out and packaged up for shipping. Lord Curzon of Kedleston stepped in at the eleventh hour to buy the castle and was determined to get the fireplaces back. After a nationwide hunt they were found in London and returned. He restored the castle and left it to the National Trust on his death in 1925.Lord Curzon had undertaken restorations on it between 1911 and 1914.It remains today one of the three most important surviving brick castles of the mid-15th century.
(Snecking means being nosy/having a look)