Chastleton House, Oxfordshire, England.
Chastleton House can be found in Chastleton, near Moreton-in-Marsh, close to the Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire border . The house stands next to the 12th-century village church and is owned by the National Trust who re-opened the property in 1997 after six years of conservation work . The house was built by Walter Jones, a prosperous wool merchant, as an impressive statement of wealth and power, between 1607 and 1612.
The unique thing about the house is that it remained relatively unchanged , in the same family, for 400 years until the Trust took it over. This means that there is a real feel of stepping back in time and the house has been kept 'as found' rather than restoring it to its former glory.
Croquet: One of Chastleton's claims to fame is that while sport historians trace croquet to mediaeval France, the National Trust's archives suggest the gameís codified rules were devised here at this Jacobean merchantís mansion.
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Chastleton House and Church [link]
Chastleton Church [link]