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posted 03-28-2001 07:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cadfael   Click Here to Email Cadfael     Edit/Delete Message
Hi...does anybody have any pictures and information of the privately owned Shirburn Castle, in Oxfordshire, England? I have tried to get in and look at the place but it is very closely guarded against "tourists"!(I mean nothing illegal). You cannot see the Castle from the road due to trees! Apparently it is a significantly modified wet moated 13th century castle.
Please, pictures is what I need!

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posted 03-28-2001 07:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message
Just checked my list, and note that I have just one photo of the castle. Will find it tonight and scan it for you.
I note that there is a website for Shirburn castle,
but it does not seem to contain any pictures.

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posted 03-28-2001 08:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJR     Edit/Delete Message
Whoops, I exited by mistake befor adding the information I have. This comes from "Discovering Castles in England & Wales" by John Kinross. Shire Publications 1973.

Near the pleasant old town of Watlington, and just off the B4009, is one of the few inhabited small castles in England.
At the time of Domesday, Shirburn belonged to Robert D'Oyley who had built both Oxford and Watlington castles. He may well have built an early wooden structure at Shirburn. In the 12th century D'Oyley's castle belonged to Henry de Tyeis who held it for the Earl of Cornwall, brother of Henry III. Alice, daughter of de Tyeis, inherited it in 1307 and it passed to her husband Warine de L'Isle. Here, Thomas, Earl of Lancaster came to se L'Isle and they plotted to overthrow Edward II, whose army had been routed at Bannockburn. The rebel Lords gathered at Boroughbridge in Yorkshire where in March 1322, they were defeated by a force of men-at-arms and archers under Sir Andrew Harcla. Both Thomas and de L'Isle were executed and the castle passed to a grandson, also Warine de L'Isle. It was he who obtained a licence to crenellate and built the present building in 1378. When he died, his granddaughter inherited the estate, and she married the 12th Earl of Warwick. In 1426 however, it became the possession of a local family, the Quatremaynes of Thame. Richard Quatremayne left it to his servant Thomas Fowler, but the Fowlers were always in debt, and Richard Fowler married his daughter Sibyl to Richard Chamberlain, giving them Shirburn in exchange for enough money to pay his creditors.
During the Civil War Shirburn escaped destruction due to the common sense of the Chamberlains, who were Royalists, but remained neutral. One of the Chamberlains married a Gage and in 1716 it was sold to Lord Parker, Lord Chief Justice, who was created Earl of Macclesfield ny George I. The same family own it today.

Built of brick originally, in the 19th century the castle was covered with plaster stucco. The windows were modernised and a real drawbridge was built at this time over the wide moat.

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