History Aubrey de Vere I arrived in England in 1066 with his brother-in-law, William the Conqueror. He was granted lordship by William and started to build a castle on the site of Hedingham. His son began to build in stone and constructed the keep, which is the only remnant of the castle surviving today. His son, Aubrey III, was created Earl by Empress Matilda. Through successive inheritance, his family held the title 'Earl of Oxford' until 1702. The warlike Earls of Oxford fought in conflicts from the Crusades to the Battle of the Boyne, and were closely involved with the accession of a number of monarchs to the throne. The seventeenth Earl is possibly the most enigmatic example of the bunch; it is known that he had degrees from Oxford and Cambridge, and it is widely speculated in certain quarters that he was the true author of the works commonly attributed to William Shakespeare. In 1713, Hedingham was purchased by Sir William Ashurst MP, who landscaped the grounds and erected a fine country house. The castle was passed to his granddaughter, and then stayed in the Majendie family for over 250 years, until it was left to the Honourable Thomas Lindsay, a descendant of the original De Veres, the family who constructed Hedingham centuries earlier. More conservation was carried out on the house and grounds, and in 1994 the castle and estate was passed to Jason and Demetra Lindsay who currently live here with their three children.