Local History: Bishop’s Waltham Palace
Bishop's Waltham Palace is a medieval castle in Hampshire built in the 12th century, although the current ruins mostly date from the early 14th century works of the Bishop William Wykeham. In its time, Bishop's Waltham Palace acted as a residence for a series of the Bishops of Winchester and their clergy until it was destroyed during the English Civil War.
Bishop's Waltham is fortunate to have an almost complete set of accounts starting from the early thirteenth century and a guidebook, available at the Palace, has drawn upon this source of rich detail to give a descriptive tour of the Palace and a history of the building and its occupants. When visiting, don’t forget to see the Dower House, now furnished as a 19th Century farmhouse containing an exhibition on the powerful Winchester Bishops.
Today, the ground floor of Bishop's Waltham Palace is the location of the Bishop's Waltham Town Museum and the site is under the remit of English Heritage. Visit the atmospheric ruins of one of the finest residences built by the Bishops of Winchester, including Great Hall, moat and tower.