Sir Thomas Tuddenham hung for treason

Tuddenham was a terrifying figure. A Lancastrian supporter during the Wars of the Roses, he was executed for High Treason in 1462 for plotting against King Edward IV. He died without an heir, and banished his wife to a nunnery after divorcing her for adultery. Oxburgh passed to his sister Margaret, who had married Edmund Bedingfeld in the early 15th century. Edmund died in 1451, and his son Thomas two years later, leaving his son, another Edmund (d.1496) , to inherit.


Oxburgh Hall is built

Sir Edmund inherited Oxburgh and 23 other manors from his grandmother, Margaret Tuddenham. He decided to move the main family seat from Bedingfeld, near Eye in Suffolk, to Oxborough and to build a grand new house. A licence to crenellate - a form of royal planning permission - was granted by Edward IV in 1482 (displayed in the King's Room). Sir Edmund's choice of brick as a building material was a bold statement. It was usually reserved for the most important buildings in the country, and not often used by anyone except the King.

The 1482 'licence to crenellate'


The falcon and fetterlock

Sir Edmund supported the Yorkist cause of Edward IV in the Wars of the Roses, and was created a Knight of the Bath in 1483 at the coronation of Richard III. The Yorkists' falcon and fetterlock badge is used throughout Oxburgh.

The Yorkist falcon and fetterlock badge, used extensively at Oxburgh.