Since construction started in 1607, Chastleton House has passed down through branches of the same family, starting with Walter Jones. It has twice passed sideways to distant cousins in its 400 years history, before coming to the National Trust in 1991.
Walter Jones was the first owner of Chastleton House. The land and the previous house that stood here had been owned by Robert Catesby, leader of the Gunpowder Plot. Walter Jones had purchased the property in 1602, but did not take full ownership until May 1606. The following year, construction started on a new building and by 1612 it was complete.
Walter's family, originally from Wales, had been in the wool trade, but Walter trained as a lawyer, served as a Town Clerk in Worcester and as a Member of Parliament. He was married to Elinor Pope, the daughter of a Flemish immigrant, who had served as a maid to Elizabeth I.
Walter was a man on the up and in buying Chastleton became a landowner, marking his move into the lowest level of the aristocracy. Walter's descendants would go on to purchase most of the land in the parish.