Another handsome property with a Wars of the Roses connection has come on the market–Warblington Castle in Hampshire. Being a private home, it is little known outside the local area but it has strong connections with Richard Neville-Warwick the Kingmaker and his family.
Although it had been a manor from at least Norman times, Warblington only becomes notable when Warwick took it over. He removed the villagers to make a deer park and built a new moated house (more like a fortified manor than a true castle), possibly on the site of a still older house.
Warblington passed to Edward of Warwick, Richard’s Neville’s grandson, the child of George of Clarence and Isabel Neville, but he never got to enjoy it, since he was in the Tower from 1485 onwards and later executed on dubious charges by Henry VII.
In 1513, Henry VIII gave the manor to Edward of Warwick’s sister, Margaret Pole, who built a new manor house on the site, complete with moat and a large twin-towered gateway, part of which still stands today, complete with turret of early Tudor era brick. Margaret did not get to enjoy it for very long, however, since like her brother she fell afoul of the Tudors and lost her head to the axe.
The castle eventually passed to the Cotton family and stayed with them until the time of the Civil War, when it was slighted by Parliamentarian forces.