Wingfield Castle

The grandson of Katherine (Wingfield), Countess of Suffolk and her martial husband was William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk, “Jacnapes”, who in the early 15th century married Alice Chaucer, granddaughter of the great English poet, Goeffrey Chaucer.

During the tie they lived at Wingfield Castle, Charles, Duke of Orleans, prince and poet, (Father of King Louis VII), who had been captured by the English at the Battle of Agincourt in France in 1415, was held prisoner at Wingfield Castle — in proud style, while his family raised the enormous ransom demanded.

He was there from March 1433 to June 1435 and October 1435 to May 1436, and during that time had a love affair with the mysterious Anne Molins.

In 1504 the castle came to Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, whose grandmother was a Wingfield.

He and his wife, Henry VIII’s sister, the beautiful Mary the White Queen, whose husband had been King Louis XII, almost certainly built the lovely manor house behind the great curtain of walls.

The Suffolks used also to live at Westhorpe near Letheringham and wrote at least one letter from the Wingfield’s ancestral home there.

It was Mary, the French Queen Dowager, who was Godmother to Thomas Maria Wingfield.

He was later Member of Parliament for Huntingdon and father of President (the Council at Jamestown in 1607) and Captain Edward Maria Wingfield.