Coughton Court is one of England’s finest Tudor country houses on the main road between Studley and Alcester in Warwickshire, England. It is a Grade I listed building.
The Coughton estate has been in the Throckmorton family since 1409. The house has an impressive facade directly facing the main road, the centrepiece of which is the superb Gatehouse and which dating from 1530 is the oldest part of the present structure.
Due to the Roman Catholic allegiance of the Throckmortons, the house at one time a Priest hole contained the hiding places for priests during the period when Catholics were persecuted by law in England, from the beginning of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Although the Throckmorton family were themselves only indirectly implicated, the Hall holds a place in English history for its role in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and some of the conspirators rode directly back there after it failed.
The house has been in the ownership of the National Trust since 1946. The family hold a 300 year lease and manage the estate on behalf of the National Trust. The current tenant is Clare McLaren-Throckmorton, known professionally as Clare Tritton QC.
The house, which is open to the public all year round, is set in extensive grounds including a walled formal garden, a river and a lake.
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