In 1367 the future King Henry IV was born at Bolingbroke Castle.

His father was John of Gaunt, third son of Edward III, and his mother was John's first wife Blanche. As a young man Henry Bolingbroke, as he was known, visited Lincoln Castle when his father hosted a banquet there in his honour. Henry had not been destined to become king. He took the crown by force from his cousin King Richard II in 1399.

Set in the heart of the pretty village of Old Bolingbroke, on the edge of Lincolnshire Wolds, the once mighty fortress of Bolingbroke Castle is now a peaceful romantic ruin in the care of English Heritage. Excavations have uncovered the grassy mounds and silted moat, and revealed the remains of the gatehouse, ramparts and the four towers.

Lincolnshire places with royal tales to tell

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