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Lords & Ladies

The mansion was inherited by Lady Waterford who welcomed the Prince and Princess of Wales, who went on to become King Edward and Queen Alexandra. At a later date, Kaiser Wilhelm II visited in 1907 in order to recover from ill health. In gratitude for the hospitality, the Kaiser gave a pair of stained glass windows to Edward Stuart Wortley, the owner at the time.

Harry Selfridge

The most notable tenant to have rented the Castle was Harry Selfridge, founder of Selfridges department store in London. Selfridge’s connection to the Castle still remains as he, his wife and his mother are buried in St Marks church, Highcliffe.

The Castle briefly served as a children’s home and a seminary for Catholic priests.