The house from an 1819 engraving
Earlier Houses: Michael de la Pole's earlier fortified manor house was granted a license to crenellate in 1384. This house was replaced by the current 16th century house, which includes elements of the earlier house.
House & Family History: The moated Wingfield Castle was the inspiration for Godsend Castle, the home of the Mortmain family in Dodie Smith's 1949 novel "I Capture The Castle."
Country Life: XXXIII, 952, 1913.
Title: Burke's and Savills Guide to Country Houses, Volume III: East Anglia
Author: Kenworthy-Browne, John; Reid, Peter; Sayer, Michael; Watkin, David
Year Published: 1981
Publisher: London: Burke's Peerage
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Not Listed
Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Michael de la Pole, 14th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Sir Nevill Catlin, 17th century. Sir Charles Turner, 1st Bt., 18th century. Sir Hugh Edward Adair, 3rd Bt., 19th century. Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners, 19th century. Gerald Fairhurst, 20th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No