Boscobel House Houses

Boscobel House
ST19 9AR


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Boscobel House was built around 1632, when John Gifford of Whiteladies converted a timber-framed farmhouse into a hunting lodge. The Gifford family were Catholics, at a time when the religion was outlawed. Tradition holds that the true purpose of Boscobel was to serve as a secret place for the shelter of Catholics in time of need.

This English Heritage timber-framed house is fully restored and furnished with panelled rooms and secret hiding places. Charles II hid in the house (and nearby tree!) to avoid capture by Cromwell after the Battle of Worcester when he was defeated.

Following his defeat at the battle of Worcester, the King sought sanctuary at the former hunting lodge on the Shropshire border, spending part of the time hiding in an Oak Tree a short distance away.

Over the years the tree became known as "The Royal Oak" and thousands of pubs throughout England adopted the name in tribute!

Attraction Details

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VenueBoscobel House
AddressBoscobel, Boscobel, Staffordshire, ST19 9AR
Opening times11am - 6pm
Entry costs
Attraction typeHouses

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