Once a grand residence, this Grade II-listed palace is well worth exploring. Lying in the heart of the Hampshire town of Bishop's Waltham, the palace was first constructed in the 12th century, with many additions added in later centuries. In the 14th century, the palace was taken over by William of Wykeham, the Bishop of Winchester and Chancellor of England. He had the tower built, the great hall rebuilt and other extensions constructed. In the 17th century, the palace was severely damaged in the Civil War, with much of its materials scavenged for other construction work. Today, the site is managed by English Heritage and is free to explore.
July 21, 2021
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