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.