History

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Coughton Lodge dates from about the 16th century and is set in the grounds of the owners' house, Coughton House which also dates from the same period. Both properties are located directly opposite the National Trust House, Coughton Court, the stately home of the Throckmorton family.

The Throckmortons were notoriously Roman Catholic and resposible for masterminding “The Gunpowder Plot” as well as acquiring the services of Guy Fawkes to do the dastardly deed of blowing up the Houses of Parliament. Rumour has it that Guy Fawkes lived at Coughton House while the plot was hatched. It may even be the case that the gunpowder was stored in The Lodge itself!

At about the same time Sir Walter Raleigh was a frequent visitor to the Court and eventually married one of the Throckmorton daughters. Queen Elizabeth I was highly displeased as she wanted Sir Walter for herself. She would search relentlessy up and down the country for him and he continually had to escape from her. Rumour also has it that there is an underground tunnel from the court to Coughton House where Sir Walter could escape as Elizabeth was seen driving up the drive in her carriage. Coughton House still boasts the tiny spiral staircase and priest's hidey hole in the attic where the tunnel would have ended up - but alas no sign of the tunnel.

There have been many developments to Coughton House since the 16th century with the addition of new wings but the original Tudor part of the house remains much as it would have been then. The Lodge itself was for many years the Estate Manager’s office from which the Coughton Court estate was run and it would also have been the barns for the equipment and animals. Although the barns have been tastefully converted, all the original beams remain and provide a quite outstanding feature in the dining room, sitting rooms and five of the ten bedrooms.

 

 

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