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The King's manor house at Woodstock

The King's manor house at Woodstock

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1710

Shelfmark: Ktop XXXV

Item number: 28e

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of the remains of Woodstock Castle, Oxfordshire, which was demolished around 1710. Henry I had built a hunting lodge on the site and this was extended into a splendid palace by Henry II. Despite being a popular location for the court and royal family, the palace had fallen into decay by the 16th century. It was extensively damaged in during the civil war. There are subsequently few records of what it would have once looked like. Daniel Defoe writing in the early 18th century commented that: "The old buildings [of Woodstock Palace] are no more, nor as much as the name, but the place is the same and the natural beauty of it indeed is as great as ever."

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