Rediscovering Rycote: The history of a lost Tudor mansion

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Rycote Park in Oxfordshire was the site of a Tudor mansion, now demolished. The mansion and its owners entertained monarchs and helped shape a nation. This website reveals their lost stories.

The website includes an interactive timeline, stories from Rycote's medieval origins, the rise and decline of the great Tudor mansion, its royal visitors and its place in local and British history. It includes information on associated people, including John, Baron Williams of Thame; Henry, 1st Baron Norris of Rycote; Sir John Norris; Francis Norris, Earl of Berkshire; James Bertie, 1st Earl of Abingdon; Willoughby Bertie, 4th Earl of Abingdon.

Explore the grounds, view the family tree and find out about related manuscripts within and outside of the Bodleian Library.


This is a description of an Online Resource. Online Resources are websites that describe, interpret and provide access to archives. They often provide access to digital content but they may also describe physical materials. They usually cover a theme or topic, such as an individual, a movement, or an important historical event.

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