Hampton Court Castle

Hope under Dinmore, Herefordshire, england

Hampton Court Castle predates Hampton Court Palace by nearly 100 years, dating back to 1427. Sir Rowland Lenthall, a knight who fought at the battle of Agincourt, was given the estate on his marriage to Margaret Fitzalan, daughter of the Earl of Arundel. The Fitzalans held Arundel castle but it was later passed to the Howards in the 16th century. Catherine Howard, neice to the Duke of Norfolk, would later be married to Henry VIII. Sir Rowland passed the castle to his daughter who sold it to Sir Humphrey Coninsby in 1510.

The castle remainined in the Coninsby family until the estate was sold to Richard Arkwright, son of the inventor Richard Arkwright, who was a driving force behind the industrial revolution.The castle passed through many owners after the Arkwrights, until Robert Van Kampen, extensively restored the castle in the 1990s.

The only ghostly tale of the castle, was of a cursed painting of the Hampton Hound. Legend has it that should the picture be removed, then the house will fall. Sadly we didn't see a picture of a dog anywhere, but are glad to report the castle is very much still standing.