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Boarstall Tower







Description of Boarstall Tower

Boarstall Tower is a fortified manor that date back to 1312 when it was constructed by  John de Haudlo. It is located near Boarstall, Buckinghamshire. In the 17th century Boarstall Tower was greatly reconstructed, but it kept its medieval appearance. Boarstall Tower is a port building with 18th-century moat. During the English Civil War, Charles 1st used Boarstall Tower as a place for his garrison. It is surrounded by a garden facility operated by the National Trust that offers tours on Wednesday afternoons.


The name of Boarstall Tower comes from a local popular legend where King Edward the Confessor gave these lands to one of his men, named Neil, as a gratitude for slaying a wild boar that had infested the nearby Bernwood Forest. Hero built himself a mansion on this land and called it "Boar-stall" (Old English for 'Boar House') in memory of the slain beast. He also gave a horn from the dead beast, and the legend says that whoever shall possess the horn shall be the lord of the manor of Boarstall.