The interior of Tattershall College
The interior of Tattershall College

Tattershall College is the late 15th-century ruin of a grammar school built by Ralph Cromwell for choristers of his collegiate church. Cromwell also built the nearby Tattershall Castle and rebuilt Holy Trinity church. Not much now remains of the college; just enough to give a glimpse of late medieval architectural style.

It is perhaps more interesting as an early example of the use of red brick, just as at Tattershall Castle. It is worth remembering that when it first became popular in Britain during the late 15th century, red brick was a material used only for the very 15th-century buildings

In the 18th century the college served as a brewery. It is now managed by Lincolnshire Heritage Trust in cooperation with English Heritage.

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In truth there is not a lot to see; I wouldn't recommend making a special trip unless you are really, really interested in late medieval architecture. But, and it's a big but, since you can easily see Tattershall Castle and the superb parish church, both of which are within a very short distance of the College, it definitely makes sense to include the College in your visit!

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About Tattershall College
Address: Tattershall, Lincolnshire, England, LN4 4LG
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Located just off the market square in Tattershall, where there is plentiful parking. Signposted for pedestrians.
Website: Tattershall College
English Heritage - see also: English Heritage memberships (official website)
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OS: TF213577
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express

Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time


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