Bickleigh Castle is a stone’s throw from the bridge which, according to local legend, is where Simon and Garfunkel penned their classic hit ‘Bridge over troubled water’ in 1969 after enjoying the breathtaking views from Bickleigh Bridge.
National figure and local ‘Robin Hood’, Bampfylde Moore Carew, aka ‘King of the Beggars’, whose mischiefs were captured in books such as Vanity Fair amongst others, is buried in an unmarked grave at Bickleigh Church and recorded in the Parish Register of 1758.\\
There is a secret, completely sealed, room next to the Armoury – it is currently one of the Castle’s mysteries – what is inside? Lord Lucan? Gold? Secrets of the Crown? Perhaps we will find out one day.
The Chapel was originally a Saxon meeting house, first built in the 6th Century, and was the Parish Church until the 1400s, after which it was the Estate Chapel. During the 19th Century it was used as a cattle shed, before being restored in 1929. It was reconsecrated in 1933 by the Bishop of Exeter.
There is an original suit of armour made for and worn by King Charles I. It came to Bickleigh when Queen Henrietta Maria visited as a guest of Sir Henry Carew and is from her baggage train which stayed behind when she had to leave the country.
The main character in the BBC drama series, the White Queen, called Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII, had a great-aunt of the same name who resided at Bickleigh Castle in the 1400s.
Exclusive self-catering hire of the castle and estate for 2 nights, sleeping 40 if at capacity, will cost £7500 meaning it costs a mere £187.50 per head for a special celebration!