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Meriel Buxton‘s new book Rockingham - The Story of a Castle published June 2022.


The story of Rockingham is a tale of two families, the only two families which have ever owned it. The royal family, from William the Conqueror who built it to Henry VIII who leased it to Edward Watson, and the Watson, now Saunders Watson, family who have been there ever since. Current owner James Saunders Watson is the 11-times-great-grandson of Edward who struck the first deal with Henry VIII.

During its 950 years the castle has withstood siege and been ignominiously slighted. It has hosted national conferences and been taken over by gangs of murderers. It was captured by the Roundheads and proved inspirational to Charles Dickens. Today it is once again a family home.

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