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Bishop's Waltham Palace

Bishop's Waltham , Hampshire

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Moated remains of a large Bishops Palace.

It was built by Henry de Blois in 1135. Later used by Winchester Bishop's as they travelled, along with Farnham Castle and Wolvesey Castle, Winchester. The palace was visited by Henry V of England, and used by Mary Tudor just prior to her marriage to Philip II at Winchester Cathedral. The palace was destroyed in 1644 after the English Civil War.

What we find here is the ruins of a medieval palace, together with later additions, used by the Bishops and senior clergy of Winchester as they travelled through their diocese. Major parts of the moat still contain water, but much of the other defences have disappeared. In this time Bishops Palaces were often well defended as Bishops were Norman tax collectors, and not always popular.

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Winchester was the richest diocese in England, and its properties were large and of a fine quality. Much of what can be seen today is the work of William Wykeham, who was bishop from 1367. There is an exhibition about the Winchester Bishops on the first floor of the farmhouse (not always open).  Other palaces of the Bishops of Winchester include Farnham Castle Keep and Wolvesey Castle (Old Bishop's Palace).

This site is large and you have no difficulty getting photographs, other than when events are on there are unlikely to be a large number of people at this site, so its possible if you wish to get photos with no people in. None of the buildings except the farmhouse are complete.

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Bishop's Waltham Palace, Bishops Waltham, Hampshire

Ceremonial County: Hampshire

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Bishop's Waltham Palace, Bishops Waltham, Hampshire

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Getting there:

In Bishop's Waltham


From main road via own small car park


own free car park 30m from entrance


WC in nearby Bishop's Waltham

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Buildings, architecture, views

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Tripod, level, wide angle lens

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SO32 1DH


01489 892460

Opening times:

Grounds: 1 May-30 Sep 10am-5pm Sun-Mon, closed Saturdays. Farmhouse open by request.



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Other Restrictions: None
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Special Needs Facilities: None but not a difficult site to see
Children Facilities: Good site for children, but moat is not fenced and some water may be deep.
Dogs Allowed: On a lead

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By: Keith Park Section: Abbey and Religious Buildings Key:
Page Ref: bishops_waltham_palace Topic: Abbeys Last Updated: 02/2011

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