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CLARENDON PALACE

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Medieval manor and hunting lodge which was established during the 12th century as a Royal Palace. It was expanded during the early 13th century and comprised an irregular layout of buildings arranged around a courtyard. Rebuilding took place during the mid 15th century but it became a lesser royal palace by the late 16th century. Clarendon Palace was described as a lodge in 1574. Excavations in 1821 located the layout of the palace, further excavations have taken place during the 20th century. Field investigations in 1973 found the palace buildings to extend over an area roughly 240 metres northeast-southwest by 80 metres, situated within a sub-rectangular enclosure formed either by a wall, or a bank which survives to a height of 1.2 metres. Both a bank and surmounting wall remain on the southeast side. Many of the buildings survive as footings exposed during excavation, but the east end of the Great Hall remains to a height of 5 metres.

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