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A Day In History


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azlewood Castle has been in the family estate of the Vavasours since Norman times and was first mentioned in 1086 in the Domesday Book. It has remained in the family for nine hundred years.


The ‘Baron Wars’ during the reign of Henry III saw destruction of the original house and chapel. Sir William Vavasour, one of Edward I most respected knights, commenced rebuilding the castle in 1283. Sir William was aware that peace would be precarious and petitioned the King for permission to fortify and crenellate his manor.


The licence was granted on 1290 turning the Hall of a Thane into a Castle of a Baron.


Further additions were made in the 15th and 20th centuries which have enhanced the character of the Castle – and today Hazlewood still remains its aura of majesty and calm.


The Chapel of St Leonard was rebuilt in 1286 along with a licence from the King to endow a chaplaincy. By favour of Queen Elizabeth I the Chapel remained untouched during her reign. The Castle opened in late 1997 having been dramatically and sympathetically restored, whilst retaining an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.


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