Woodcroft Castle



  • Elton, Huntingdonshire
  • OSGB – TF 140 045
  • Grade II Listed Building.


Moated fortified manor house. Quadrangle, circular towers and a gatehouse.

Daniel Defoe stayed at the castle.


1280                              Built.

1297                              Held by Lawrence Preston.

13th C                            Owned by the Woodcroft family.

1545                              Built by Lord Fitzwilliam of Milton.

1648                              Parliament stormed the castle which was held by Royalist supporters.

17th C                            Rebuilt.

1805                              John Clare, poet, worked at the castle.

1906                              Held by Mr William Renfold.

1926                              Featured in a movie about a haunted castle called Woodcroft Castle.

1968                              Field Investigation.

1988                              Sold by the Fitzwilliam family.

20th C                            Additions. Farmhouse.

20th C                            Late: Owned by the O’Donoghue family.

2001                              Watching Brief.

2003                              For sale for £1.5 million.


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