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Bishop's Waltham Palace

Bishop's Waltham Palace

Artist: Blore, Edward

Medium: Pencil and ink on paper

Date: 1850

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42017

Item number: f.26

Length: 17

Width: 23.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

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.

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