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Tue 21st June 2016
Fascinating Stories of HHA Houses With Links To Henry V & Shakespeare

Celebrate Shakespeare this summer with Henry V at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Staged by Donmar Warehouse Associate Director, Robert Hastie, and starring Olivier Award-winner Michelle Terry in the title role, "Cry - God for Harry! England and Saint George!"  

To book your £35 tickets (usually up to £48.50) call 0844 826 4242 (9am – 9pm) and quote HHA35. This offer is valid for performances from 17 June - 9 July.

The offer excludes Premium tickets and Saturday evenings and a £1.50 per ticket telephone booking fee applies. Tickets are subject to availability, full terms and conditions apply and are available online.

To celebrate this new production, below are some fascinating stories from HHA Member houses with links to Henry V and to Shakespeare:

HHA Houses & Castles With Links To Henry V

Leeds Castle, Kent 

Henry V owned Leeds Castle and granted it to his queen, Catherine de Valois, as part of her dower, on his death in 1422.  A dramatic audio and video presentation of the battle of Agincourt, called The Dark Sky, is running at Leeds Castle until October.

Powderham Castle, Devon

Powderham was built in 1391, by Sir Philip Courtenay.  Philip’s oldest son, Richard Courtenay, inherited Powderham and completed its initial construction; he was also a close friend of Henry V at Oxford.   Richard was the youngest ever Chancellor of Oxford University and a cleric – becoming Bishop of Norwich in 1413. 

Richard was appointed Henry's treasurer and acted as his ambassador to France, famously bringing back the tennis balls from the French dauphin.  As well as financing the Agincourt campaign, Richard accompanied Henry on the campaign, where he died of dysentery in the King's presence at the siege of Harfleur.  Henry V washed Richard's feet and sent his body home to be buried in Westminster Abbey.

The exact site of his burial is subject to some debate:  According to Westminster Abbey archaeologists, Richard is buried just to the West of Henry's tomb, beneath the pavement in the Chapel to Edward the Confessor - the central shrine of the Abbey.  However, according to Jonathan Sumption, the 100 Years' War historian and Supreme Court Justice, Richard was actually buried in Henry's tomb, and when Henry died, his body was placed on top of Richard's.  Either way, Richard and Henry clearly shared a very close friendship.

Burton Court, Herefordshire

Back in 1402 Henry V (when he was the Prince of Wales) used Burton Court as a base for the English army whilst watching the movements of Owen Glendower.

Hampton Court Castle, Herefordshire

Hampton Court Castle in Herefordshire, was originally built by Rowland Leinthall after being given the land by Henry IV.  Rowland Leinthall in subsequent years fought with Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt after which he was Knighted for bravery.

Hampton Court Castle is little known to the general public and is at least 80 years older than Hampton Court Palace in Surrey.

Kentwell Hall, Suffolk

Sir William Clopton of the family who built Kentwell Hall (and himself occupied an earlier house on the site) attended his uncle Sir Thomas Erpingham who commanded the English archers at the battle of Agincourt.  

Some reports describe Sir Thomas as being accompanied by another when going out in front of the English archers to exhort them with his famous cry often rendered as “nestrocque” but which may have been “meneestroke” - a hunting cry and to which the English archers shouted a response with a hunting cry of their own.  

It was the English archers who created havoc in the ranks of the French and secured a great victory for the King. Sir Thomas's companion at this pivotal moment before battle was joined may well have been William Clopton, acting as his esquire, who is recorded as fighting under the Duke of Gloucester's standard at the battle.

HHA Houses & Castles With Links To Shakespeare

Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire

Broughton Castle, Oxfordshire

Castle Howard, Yorkshire

Cawdor Castle, Scotland

Compton Verney, Warwickshire

Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire

Glamis Castle, Scotland

Glemham Hall, Suffolk

Hever Castle, Kent

The Old Rectory, Worcestershire

Holkham Hall, Norfolk

Knowsley Hall, Merseyside

Trafalgar Park, Wiltshire

Traquair House, Scotland

Wilton House, Salisbury

Watch the HHA's video on houses with links to Shakespeare to find out more here