Bishop's Waltham Palace
Artist: Blore, Edward
Medium: Pencil and ink on paper
The palace was originally built in 1136 by Bishop Henri de Blois, brother of King Stephen, to house the powerful Bishops of Winchester and many Royal visitors. Henry V stayed here before leaving for victory at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, and Queen Mary I waited for her husband-to-be, King Philip, to arrive from Spain in 1554. The palace was eventually pulled down on the orders of Oliver Cromwell after the Civil War amidst fears that it could become a breeding-ground for the plans of rebel Royalists.