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The family were very prominent in Tudor times and have always been staunchly Roman Catholic, which brought them many problems in the reign of Elizabeth I and the years that followed, including fines, imprisonment and even execution.
The family fortunes revived in later years and by the 1780's the stone built gothic wings on either side of the gate house were added. The moat which was originally considered a status symbol was filled in at about this time. The walled garden is a recent addition having been opened in 1996, and follows the fashionable example of themed garden rooms.
The house is celebrated for its collections of portraits and memorabilia of a single family from the early Tudor period through to the present day. It is unique in that it continues to be occupied by descendants of the original family who first built it.
The Coughton Court estate which also includes two churches plus a restaurant and shop, can be found two miles north of Alcester on the A435.