Boscobel House and The Royal Oak - English Heritage

Boscobel House and The Royal Oak - English Heritage
Brewood
Bishops Wood
Staffordshire
ST19 9AR
England

Website

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/boscobel-house-and-the-royal-oak/

Telephone

01902 850244

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An exterior view of Boscobel House
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Boscobel House was built in about 1632, when John Gifford of Whiteladies converted a timber-framed farmhouse into a hunting lodge. The Gifford family were Roman Catholics, at a time when the religion suffered persecution. Tradition holds that the true purpose of Boscobel was to serve as a secret place for the shelter of Catholics in times of need.

The house was, however, destined for greater fame. Following the execution of King Charles I in 1649, his eldest son made a brave though misguided attempt to regain the throne. In 1651 his hopes were crushed at Worcester in the final conflict of the Civil War. Young Charles was forced to flee for his life. Initially the future King Charles II set out to cross the River Severn into Wales, but found his way blocked by Cromwell's patrols. He sought refuge instead at Boscobel, hiding first in a tree which is now known as The Royal Oak and then spending the night in a priest-hole in the house's attic. He then travelled on in disguise via other safe houses before escaping to France.

Boscobel later became a much visited place, although it remained a working farm. Visitors can also see the dairy, farmyard, smithy, gardens, and a descendant of The Royal Oak. House tours by guide only.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Agricultural site

Opening hours

1-31 Oct daily 10am-5pm, 1 Nov-31 Mar Sat-Sun 10am-4pm, Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan, guided tours only

Admission charges

5.80/5.20/3.50/15.10

Discounts

  • English Heritage
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Houses and Homes Discovery Visit

Find out what life was like more than 350 years ago in this interactive tour. Hear tales of the King who came to visit and discover secret hiding places in this beautiful house. Who had to hide there, why - and from whom?
Duration: 3/4 hour
Key Stage: 1, History

How to obtain

Call 0121 625 6864 to book a 45 minute session. This Discovery Visit is part of your FREE site entry but booking is essential. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19503 for more information.

Boscobel House and the English Civil War Discovery Visit

Explore a past inextricably linked to the English Civil War. Experience an interactive tour of the house where Charles II hid from the Roundhead army and visit the education room which has video and handling resources.
Duration: 3/4 hour
Key Stage: 2, 3, History

How to obtain

Call 0121 625 6864 to book a 45 minute session. This Discovery Visit is part of your FREE site entry but booking is essential. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19503 for more information.

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