Archbishop's Palace, Charing

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Archbishop's Palace, Charing.

Archbishop’s Palace, Charing: an important heritage site dating back to the eighth century, and one of the earliest to be owned by the see of Canterbury.[1] The current palace dates back to the late thirteenth century with later additions and rebuilding, notably under Archbishop John Morton in the late fifteenth century who ‘made great building at Charing’.[2] There was almost certainly an earlier hall on the site as the palace was said to be a favourite place for visits by Archbishop Dunstan (959-88) and Archbishop Thomas Becket (1162–70).[3]

Charing was one of 17 medieval palaces in the possession of the archbishopric of Canterbury[4] and the first in a string serving the archbishops’ travels between Canterbury and London. Charing was visited by a number of royal guests, prominent among them being Henry VII and Henry VIII, both of whom paid several visits.[5]

Notably Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon stayed at the palace (together with their vast entourage numbering over 5,000) on their way to the Field of the Cloth of Gold [6]

The property was acquired by the Crown after the Dissolution in 1545 and was subsequently leased to and owned by local farming gentry, notably the Honywoods and the Whelers. The present owner’s family acquired the complex in the 1950s. In 1952 the palace was designated a scheduled monument and four of its buildings listed Grade I[7]

The Archbishop’s Palace now features prominently, graded Priority Category A, on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register[8]

In 2004 the Archbishop’s Palace was a finalist in the BBC/Endemol TV series Restoration (presented by Griff Rhys Jones, Ptolemy Dean and Marianne Suhr, produced and directed by Paul Coueslant).

Efforts to preserve the Archbishop’s Palace have recently been revived with the creation of the Charing Palace Trust, which is urgently seeking to raise the funds needed to acquire the endangered Great Hall, Archbishop’s chambers, other associated buildings and the gardens. Its aim is to restore them and to make the site accessible to all as a community centre with new educational, public and leisure facilities.

References

Coordinates: 51°12′37″N 0°47′48″E / 51.2104°N 0.7968°E / 51.2104; 0.7968

  1. ^ Hasted, History of Kent, vol.iii, quoted in P.K. Kipps, ‘The Palace of the Archbishops of Canterbury at Charing Kent’, Archaelogical Journal, 1933
  2. ^ Leland: Itinerary, vol. vii quoted in P.K. Kipps op.cit
  3. ^ Sarah Pearson, ‘The Archbishop’s Palace’, in A History of Charing, Members of the Charing and District Local History Society, 2011
  4. ^ Hasted, 'The archbishops: Palaces and castles', in The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 12(Canterbury, 1801), pp. 524-525. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/survey-kent/vol12/pp524-525 [accessed 6 July 2017].
  5. ^ Archbishops’ registers.
  6. ^ P.K.Kipps op. cit
  7. ^ 1011028, The National Heritage List for England, English Heritage (http:list.english-heritage.org.uk/resultsingle.aspx?uid=1011028)
  8. ^ Historic England ( https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/heritage-at-risk/search-register/list-entry/1679840)
Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Archbishop%27s_Palace,_Charing&oldid=797641703"
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archbishop's_Palace,_Charing
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Archbishop's Palace, Charing"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA