Kimbolton Castle

Kimbolton Castle

Kimbolton Castle (now Kimbolton School) in Cambridgeshire is best known as the final home of Catherine of Aragon, following the annulment of her marriage to King Henry VIII.

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
523447
Names
Kimbolton Castle
Coordinates
52.2955390° N, 0.3874430° W
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Listed on
Grade I listed building
listed building (England)
Categories
castle
country houses
fortifications
Styles
Tudor

Location Map

Aerial view of Kimbolton Castle
Location map of Kimbolton Castle. Click image for a larger, interactive view.

Aerial View

Aerial view of Kimbolton Castle
Aerial view of Kimbolton Castle. Click image for a larger, interactive view.

Timeline

24 Oct 1951

Kimbolton Castle designated a Grade I listed building

National Heritage List for England Data

Kimbolton Castle is listed on the National Heritage List for England with the following data. Some information may have become outdated since the date of listing. Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.

List Entry ID
1221022
Grade
I
Name
KIMBOLTON SCHOOL
Location
KIMBOLTON SCHOOL, CASTLE GREEN
Parish
Kimbolton
District
Huntingdonshire
County
Cambridgeshire
Grid Reference
TL 10068 67603

KIMBOLTON CASTLE GREEN TL 095675 (EAST SIDE) 6/7 KIMBOLTON SCHOOL 24.10.51 (FORMERLY LISTED AS KIMBOLTON CASTLE)

GV I

Large country house, the present external appearance is substantially due to Sir John Vanbrugh who in 1707-10 remodelled the C16 and C17 home which had been built on a C12 moated site. Vanbrugh was assisted by Nicholas Hawksmoor and the Clerk of Works was William Coleman of Kimbolton. The house retains the plan of four ranges round a courtyard. The walls are ashlar faced in Weldon and Ketton stone and the roofs are of slate, leaded, with chimney stacks also ashlar faced. The elevations are symmetrically designed, each with an embattled parapet, main cornice and rusticated angle pilasters. Lower ground floor forms a plinth or podium with moulded upper edge at principal floor sill height. Corner towers to north and west elevations. Fenestration of hung sashes with glazing bars in segmental heads and raised moulded architraves. West front. Of two storeys and lower ground floor with three storeys to corner towers. Main range of twelve window bays including two slightly projecting centre bays. Two bays each to towers. Late C17 central carriageway entry. Semi-circular headed arch with keyblock carved with Montagu crest. Panelled double doors. Two C18 lead rainwater heads and downpipes to main range. South front. Two storeys and lower ground floor. Of nine bays, including three slightly projecting centre bays. Central entry approached by double staircase enclosed by wrought iron balustrade incorporating monogram in centre between piers on rusticated bases...

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Bibliography

  1. “KIMBOLTON SCHOOL.” The National Heritage List for England. Web. Accessed 8 Oct. 2013. <https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1221022>