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Clipstone, King John's Palace

Clipstone, King John's Palace

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15543

Item number: f.166

Length: 340

Width: 480

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

This site at the junction of roads by the hamlet of Clipstone in Nottinghamshire was once the location of the principal royal hunting lodge in Sherwood Forest. First documented in 1164, it was so frequently occupied by King John that even now the ruins bear the name King John’s Palace. It had fallen into decay by the 16th century. The ruins stand over an area measuring 58 feet by 20 feet and the building included several halls, kitchens, stables, a chapel, a gateway and many other smaller rooms.

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