- Chastleton House
Chastleton House was built, between 1607 and 1612, for Walter Jones, who had made his fortune as a wool merchant or possibly from the law The estate was bought in 1604 from Robert Catesby, although his residence was demolished to make way for the new house. The house is built of Cotswold stone, round a very small courtyard.
The inside of the house is complex and quite labyrithine as there are a great many rooms, the foremost of which are the Great Hall, with its ornately carved wooden screen, and the first floor's Great Chamber, with its ornate panelling and plaster ceiling. The library holds a Juxon bible said to have been used at the execution of Charles I.
The croquet lawn, situated ro the north of the house, was originally established 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
- ^ a b "Over 400 years of Chastleton House" at nationaltrust.org.uk
- ^ "A Short Guide to Chastleton House", by Oliver Garnett, for The National Trust, 1997.
- ^ "The scaffold gift of a doomed monarch" at oxfordtimes.co.uk
- ^ "Chastleton House" at gardensofgreatbritain.com
This article about an Oxfordshire building or structure is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.