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Brief description of site

Boarstall Tower is the surviving gatehouse of a 14th-century military building, later updated in 1615.

The grade I listed building is surrounded by large gardens and a moat.

Brief history of site

Built by John de Handle in 1312, Boarstall House was a large fortified house surrounded by a moat. It was much changed in 1615, updated for use as a hunting lodge, though it still retained original period features.

The gardens date from before the 17th century. Between 1777 and 1925, the gardens were used for pasture, after which the formal layout was restored.

Location information:

Address: Boarstall, HP18 9UX

Locality: Aylesbury

Local Authorities:

Buckinghamshire; Aylesbury Vale; Brill

Historical County: Buckinghamshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 165 Grid Ref: SP624142
Latitude: 51.8229 Longitude: -1.09604

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Key information:

Form of site: landscape garden

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: historic house

Site first created: 1312 to 1615

Main period of development: 14th century

Survival: Reconstructed

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