Archbishop’s Palace

The Vanished Palace

The last of the princely palaces.

Warham’s great palace remained in its prime for just 14 years, before it began its decline into an empty shell. During its brief existence it had been no stranger to fame or Royalty. Both Erasmus and Holbein were visitors; Henry and Queen Catherine stayed here en route to the Field of Cloth of Gold along with 3,000 courtiers and knights.

Cranmer is reputed to have written part of the English prayer book here; Princess Mary spent two summers ‘on holiday’ here as an enforced guest to Archbishop Warham, and Henry himself owned the palace for a period of ten years before his death.
After his death, the un-used palace descended into ruin.

The First Manor

The First Manor

William Warham

William Warham

The Vanished Palace

The Vanished Palace

Romantic Ruin

Romantic Ruin

Conservation

Conservation

The First Manor

The First Manor

William Warham

William Warham

The Vanished Palace

The Vanished Palace

Romantic Ruin

Romantic Ruin

Conservation

Conservation