Explore the fascinating story of Rycote Park through our timeline.
Learn more about Rycote's medieval origins, the rise and decline of the great Tudor mansion, its royal visitors and its place in local and British history.
The earliest documentary evidence of a settlement at Rycote is the 1086 Domesday survey of England commissioned by William the Conqueror.
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Who built the Tudor mansion?
The greatest mystery surrounding Rycote’s lost Tudor mansion is for whom was it built?
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The Rycote library
The Tudor mansion at Rycote housed its own library with a substantial collection of books.
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The Rycote picture gallery
The Tudor mansion at Rycote was home to an impressive art collection including, it is claimed, a portrait of the four year old Charles I.
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Henry VIII's honeymoon
In August 1540 Henry VIII visited Rycote with his new bride, Katherine Howard, on their summer progress.
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From prisoner to Queen: Entertaining Elizabeth I
Elizabeth I’s long association with Rycote began when she arrived as a prisoner.
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A 'valiant and warlike progeny': The Norris brothers of Rycote
The contemporary historian William Camden praised Rycote as being “most renowned for that right valiant and warlike progenie”.
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James VI of Scotland succeeded to the English throne as James I in 1603 and made his first visit to Rycote on 30 August 1612.
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Charles I and Rycote
Due to an outbreak of the plague in London, Charles I was forced to reconvene the first Parliament of his reign in Oxford on 1 August 1625. The King and his court moved to Rycote.
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The English Civil Wars and Interregnum
In June 1643, the Parliamentarian officer Sir Samuel Luke was sent intelligence of Royalist horse being located at and around Rycote...
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'Came home well fuz'd': Entertainments in the Restoration era
After celebrating the defeat of the Duke of Monmouth's rebellion against James II at Rycote, Anthony Wood recorded that the University troop "came home well fuz'd".
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The fire of 1745
Late on the night of 12 November 1745 a fire broke out at Rycote...
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