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Ditton Park, Datchet

In the civil parish of Datchet.
In the historic county of Buckinghamshire.
Modern Authority of Windsor & Maidenhead.
1974 county of Berkshire.
Medieval County of Buckinghamshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ00027791
Latitude 51.49132° Longitude -0.56066°

Ditton Park, Datchet has been described as a certain Palace, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.

Description

Country house and chapel of 1812 on the site of a possible fortified house which was extant in 1331, when Edward III's Treasurer John Moleyns was granted a licence to crenellate, and rebuilt in the early C17. From 1472 the Manors of Datchet and Ditton belonged to the Crown, and the future Queen Mary was frequently lodged at Ditton Park as a small child, conveyed across the Thames by Datchet ferry from her father Henry VIII's presence at Windsor Castle. Ditton Park became part of the dowry of Anne Boleyn, but there is no evidence that she actually lived there.

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1331 Dec 23 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).
A Royal licence to crenellate was confirmed in 1334 March 3.

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