Archbishop’s Palace Timeline
Some key dates at the Archbishop’s Palace.
King Eadwig gives Archbishop Oskytel the land of Southwell, including the grounds of the Palace.
Bishop Aelfric dies at the Palace. This is the first known account of an Archbishops Palace being mentioned in historical record.
The Palace is mentioned in the Domesday Book.
By the Middle Ages a substantial Palace was onsite. The Palace was part of the 132-acre Southwell Park, which also included common pasture.
Archbishop Gerard is found dead in the garden; beneath his pillow a book of astronomy and mathematics was found, considered heretical at the time.
King Richard I stays at the Palace.
King John stays at the Palace.
King Henry III stays at the Palace.
King Edward I stays at the Palace.
King Edward III stays at the Palace.
A traditional manor is built of timber on the site of the Palace.
The manor is rebuilt using stone.
Richard II stays at the Palace.
Cardinal Wolsey spends his last summer at the Palace, trying in vain to appease Henry VIII over his failure to gain a divorce from Catherine of Aragon.
English Civil War ensues.
King Charles I uses the Palace extensively during the first Civil War.
King Charles I is held captive here before his death. In 1649 the Palace and the Minster are partially dismantled by soldiers during the Civil War. Stones from the Palace are taken by villagers to build their own homes.
The Palace is home to “a very respectable seminary for young ladies” and serves as a courthouse for the “Soke of Southwell”
Early Victorian Period
Victorian restoration of the Palace begins.
Late Victorian Period
The Minster gains Cathedral status.
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