Buckden Towers, Buckden, Hunts, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bill&ben
N 52° 17.677 W 000° 15.209
30U E 687291 N 5797359
Quick Description: Buckden Towers are all that remains of the Bishop of Lincoln’s Palace.
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/6/2012 9:03:28 AM
Waymark Code: WMFN1P
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member BarbershopDru
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Long Description:
The site of the Palace was mentioned as a manor house in the Domesday Book. The original timber manor house was replaced in 1225 by Hugh de Wells. Buckden was used as a resting place for the Bishop on his journey between Lincoln and London. The Bishop of Lincoln, Robert Grosseteste, added a Great Hall to the house, but the house was destroyed by fire in 1291. Foundations for the later 15th century Palace were started in 1479 by Bishop Rotherham, but completed by Bishop Russell between 1480m and 1494.

The original Palace was extensive and was encircled by a moat. The Palace played host to a number of royal visitors. In 1483 Richard III visited the Palace and between 1533 and 1534 Katherine of Aragon resided at the Palace after her marriage to Henry VIII was annulled. James I visited the Palace in 1619.

The Palace started to fall into disrepair at the end of the16th century and was hastened after Bishop John Williams fell out of favour with the King. Bishop Williams was arrested in 1637 and the Palace was administered by a solicitor Kilvert. Kilvert oversaw the pillage of the Palace. The Palace was sold off during the Civil War, but returned to Bishop Sanderson in 1660. Sanderson restored the Palace, but its importance declined. By 1838 the Ecclesiastical Commissioners decided to demolish half of the buildings and part of the gatehouse. In 1870 the remains were sold to James Marshall, who restored some of the buildings and built a Victorian house.

Of the original 15th century Palace only the Great Tower, Inner Gatehouse, Outer Gate and wall survive.
Type: Remnant

Fee: No

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