Chastleton House, near Moreton-in-Marsh
Summary:Just a few miles from Moreton-in-Marsh, Chastleton House was built in the early 17th Century by a prosperous wool merchant and owned by the same increasingly impoverished family until 1991, when it was bought by the National Trust. The house is now a fragile time capsule from another age, having remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years.
A rare Jacobean gem, Chastleton House, near Moreton-in-Marsh, was built between 1607 and 1612 by a prosperous wool merchant as an impressive statement of wealth and power.
Owned by the same increasingly impoverished family until 1991, when it was bought by the National Trust, the house remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years as the interiors and contents gradually succumbed to the ravages of time.
With virtually no intrusion from the 21st Century, this fascinating place exudes an informal and timeless atmosphere in a gloriously unspoilt setting. It is now a fragile time capsule from another age, preserved by poverty.
The middle terraces of the garden are the site of two croquet lawns, originally laid out by Walter Whitmore-Jones in the 1860s.
His version of the rules of croquet, published in The Field in 1865, became definitive, and Chastleton is considered the birthplace of croquet as a competitive sport.
Chastleton, Moreton-in-Marsh, Oxfordshire, GL56 0SU