Torksey Castle

From a boat on the Trent or the west bank of the river is the only way to see this now derelict sixteenth century hall that was destroyed during the English Civil War.

Torksey Castle was destroyed during the Civil War

Torksey Castle is a privately owned hall that was a family home rather than a castle built on the east bank of the river in the village of Torksey.

This sixteenth century Tudor stone-built fortified manor house was built by the wealthy Jermyn family of Suffolk. The building is on the Buildings at Risk Register and the site is strictly private, with no public access.

Torksey Castle was never a csatle. It was built as a house but may have got its name because it bears similar architectural design features, including angular projecting towers and crow stepped gables, to a castle. Alternatively it may have been built on the site of an earlier medieval castle.

The house was lived in for less than a hundred years, falling victim to the English Civil War. Having been taken from the Royalist Jermyn family by Parliamentarians, it was burned by Royalist soldiers based at Newark. Very little of the structure remained. Though the Jermyn family who built the house retained control of the estate after the Civil War, the property was not restored, but continued to deteriorate. The remains of the buildings were scavenged for usable building supplies by residents of the area. Also, the hall was built quite close to the flood-prone River Trent, which may have stood the family in good stead as a source of transportation and commerce (as the Lords of Torksey had been permitted to levy tolls on the river's travellers), but which also contributed to the damage of the building through flooding. In 1961, the Trent River board buried part of the ruins when raising the river bank.

Stabilisation was undertaken by English Heritage in the 1990s. The house is located close to the site of a Saxon village that is currently under plough.