Boarstall Tower, Boarstall

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Boarstall Tower is a 14th-century moated gatehouse located in Boarstall, Buckinghamshire, England, and now, with its surrounding gardens, a National Trust property.The National Trust offers tours Wednesday afternoonsHistoryAccording to legend King Edward the Confessor gave some land to one of his men in return for slaying a wild boar that had infested the nearby Bernwood Forest. The man built himself a mansion on this land and called it "Boar-stall" (Old English for 'Boar House') in memory of the slain beast. The man, known as Neil, was also given 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.It is certainly the case from manorial records of 1265 that the owner of the manor of Boarstall was the ceremonial keeper of the Bernwood Forest, suggesting a link with the earlier legend. Given the proximity of Boarstall to the king's palace at Brill it would appear that this legend certainly has some basis in fact.The Magna Britannia of 1806 noted that the current incumbent of the manor, Sir John Aubrey, was in possession of a large horn "of a dark brown colour, variegated and veined like tortoise-shell. It is two feet four inches in length, on the convex bend, the diameter of the larger end is three inches; at each end it is tipt with silver, gilt, and has a wreath of leather, by which it is hung about the neck".
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  • A very pretty and unique National Trust property. The tower forms part of the old building and the moat is now a charming duck decoy and gardens. It not often open so check website before visiting - i...  more »
  • Visited this place on a beautiful day with a couple of friends. We had just missed a tour so wandered around the gardens for 25 mins. The gardens are attractive but 25 mins is enough. We then joined a...  more »
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  • I wasn’t expecting to learn so much about its history! It’s a very interesting place and I’m proud of NT to be looking after it! The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful! Would definitely recommend a visit. After going there, we went to Brill, a small village nearby, for some food! There’s a nice windmill on the top of the hill with amazing views around!
  • Visited in June for the Boarstall fete, it was lovely but the tower, which is a National Trust property is only open 5 Sunday's across the whole year!
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