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Kimbolton Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Kimbolton.
In the historic county of Huntingdonshire.
Modern Authority of Cambridgeshire.
1974 county of Cambridgeshire.
Medieval County of Huntingdonshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL100677
Latitude 52.29555° Longitude -0.38716°

Kimbolton Castle has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


It is uncertain when exactly the first castle was built in Kimbolton. There is a mound in the Great Park that is called Castle Hill, ... If the castle existed in the mid-12th century it does not appear to have been permanent. Towards the end of the century, Geoffrey Fitz Piers (later Earl of Essex) became the lord of Kimbolton, and he built a manor house here by 1201. The first reference to a castle is in 1217, and it was attacked in 1221. The survey of 1279 refers to it as a 'forcelet', being something less than a fully developed castle. Kimbolton continued its passage from lordship to lordship throughout the mediaeval period, and under such circumstances the development of the town and castle depended on the attitude of which ever family happened to hold it. In the 15th century it was rebuilt by Anne, Duchess of Buckingham, and again in 1523 by Sir Richard Wingfield, who used stone from Higham Ferrers Castle. It was in this version of the castle that Catharine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII died in 1536. There is a map of 1582 showing the layout at the time. In 1615 the estate passed to the Montague family, and the castle was rebuilt in 1617–20 and again in 1699. The gatehouse was added in 1766. It was during the 17th century that the Great Park was created, incorporating and replacing two earlier parks in the vicinity that had existed since 1248. The house was kept in the hands of the Montagues until 1950 when it became the home of Kimbolton School. (Cambridgeshire Extensive Urban Survey: Kimbolton)
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