Early information regarding this site is very sketchy at best and somewhat confusing. But it is believed, one of the earliest owners was a Robert de Campo Venti. This noble Thane of Wingfield, is said to have once offered King Harold hospitality at his manor. According to the ‘Doomsday Book’, Robert was still alive in 1087.
By 1384 Michael de la Pole, who had married Katherine, daughter of Sir James Wingfield, companion of the Black Prince, was granted a licence to crenelate. His home became a moated, fortified manor house with curtain wall and gatehouse, with two, three storied polygonal towers.
Michael was created Earl of Suffolk in 1385 and was financier and Lord Chancellor to King Richard II. He was later charged with embezzlement and treason, fleeing the country for his own safety. Some say he was later murdered at sea but another story has him living out his life in Paris. He was sentenced in his absence and his title stripped from him.
Today, most of the other buildings are Tudor with modern additions.
It is now privately owned.
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