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Bolebroke Castle (Bolebrooke)

  • House & Family History: The remaining bit of Bolebroke is a substantial fragment of a 15th century brick house (the earliest brick building in Sussex), which includes the east fa├žade. The Chapel at Buckhurst Park contains oak paneling removed from Bolebroke. Henry VIII used Bolebroke when he went hunting for wild boar and venison in nearby Ashdown Forest. Anne Boleyn, who lived five miles away at Hever Castle, was courted by Henry from Bolebroke. Bolebroke is near the village of Hartfield, which was made famous by Pooh Bear.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: There is an extant Gatehouse with polygonal turrets topped with ogee caps.

  • Title: Buildings of England: Sussex, The
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus; Nairn, Ian
    Year Published: 1973
    Reference: pgs. 517, 639
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: 0140710280
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • "The Caller" (2000 - short film). "The Twisted Tale of Bloody Mary" (2008 - interiors). "The Other Boleyn Girl" (2008).
  • Past Seat of: King Henry VIII, 16th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Unknown

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Bed & Breakfast

    Ownership Details: Used as a B&B, conference center, and film location.

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01892-770-061

    Fax: 01892-771-041

    Email: bolebrokecastle@yahoo.co.uk

    Website: http://www.bolebrokecastle.co.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No