Wingfield Castle was the home to one of the least fortunate families of the medieval period, the De La Poles.
A manor was built here by the Wingfield family, which is now Wingfield College, and the heiress of the family married Michael de la Pole, a local merchant's son. Richard II made him Earl of Suffolk and he obtained a licence to crenellate in 1384 by which point Wingfield Castle was probably virtually complete. It formed a handsome, moated quadrangle Castle with corner towers and a strong gatehouse. Only the "front" with the Gatehouse still survives, attached to an Elizabethan house.
Three years after his licence to crenellate de la Pole fell out of the King's favour and was banished. His son and grandson both died at Agincourt. William, the first Duke of Suffolk, was beheaded at sea in 1450. The last Duke was the final strong claimant for the House of York and became one of the last victims of the Wars of the Roses when he was executed in 1513. Wingfield Castle was then demolished ending as unhappily as the line of the de la Poles.
The Castle is private and not very easily visible from public land.
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