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King Johns Palace

Hob Uid: 320381
Location :
Nottinghamshire
Newark And Sherwood
Clipstone
Grid Ref : SK6034064770
Summary : Remains of hunting lodge, a royal residence built circa 1164 and rebuilt in stone in about 1180. Known to have been ruinous by 1525, excavated in 1956 and found to have been surrounded by a ditch and palisade with an associated fishpond
More information : (SK 60346477) - King John's Palace (Remains of) (NR). (1)

A Royal residence before 1164. Rebuilt in stone c 1180, when it became the principal hunting lodge in Sherwood Forest. Documentary evidence of successive building phases, including royal chambers and chapels, a greta hall, stables and gateway, and ruinous by 1525.

Excavations in 1956 revealed the outline of a probably late 13th century building contemporary with the present standing remains, surrounded by a ditch and palisade, with a probably associated fish pond (see plan). The site has been very much disturbed by ploughing and stone robbing. Traces of earlier building, form no coherent plan, and there are only faint traces of rebuilding known to have taken place in the 14th/15th Century.

Pottery finds range from 12th/13th th 15th/16th Century. A scatter of Roman pottery was also found on the site. (2-3)

The ruins stand in land atop a SE facing slope, and comprise in the main only the stone rubble core. No traces of the ditch are to be seen on the surface, and the fish pond to the E has now been filled in, apparently by the county council. Published 25" survey 1959, revised. (See photos taken 1959 and 1974). (4)

King John's Palace, Grade II. (5)

SK 603 647. King John's Palace. Scheduled no. NT/101. (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1955
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Source : Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire
Source details : P A Rahtz
Page(s) : 21-43
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Vol(s) : 64, 1960
Source Number : 3
Source : The history of the King's Works, volume 2 : the Middle Ages
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 BHS 25-MAR-74
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Source Number : 5
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE (Listed Buildings), Dist of Newark, Notts, 20-6-86, 1
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Source Number : 6
Source : County list of Scheduled Monuments : March 1994
Source details : English Heritage, SAM List, Nottinghamshire, March 1994, p 9
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Extant c1164-1525
Monument End Date : 1525
Monument Start Date : 1164
Monument Type : Hunting Lodge, Ditch, Palisade, Fishpond, Domestic Chapel, Great Hall, Gatehouse, Stable, Kitchen, Buttery, Hall House
Evidence : Documentary Evidence, Sub Surface Deposit

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : NT 101
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 242214
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SK 66 SW 1
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : KING JOHN'S PALACE
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1956-01-01
End Date : 1956-12-31
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SK 66 SW 1
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1974-03-25
End Date : 1974-03-25
Associated Activities : LAND AT KINGS CLIPSTONE
Activity type : GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY
Start Date : 2010-01-01
End Date : 2010-12-31
Associated Activities : KINGS CLIPSTONE (TIME TEAM)
Activity type : EVALUATION
Start Date : 2011-01-01
End Date : 2011-12-31