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Wakefield Hunting Lodge

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Wachefeld; Wakefeld'

In the civil parish of Potterspury.
In the historic county of Northamptonshire and the Soke of Peterborough.
Modern Authority of Northamptonshire.
1974 county of Northamptonshire.
Medieval County of Northamptonshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP73754255
Latitude 52.07641° Longitude -0.92530°

Wakefield Hunting Lodge has been described as a certain Palace.

There are no visible remains.

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


Wakefield was the site of a royal hunting lodge in the Forest of Whittlebury. It was built or rebuilt early in the reign of Henry II, who in 1158-9 spent £16 13s. 4d. on the 'work' of his houses here, and in the following year £5 6s. 8d. on their repair. Further work costing some £10 was carried out under Hugh de Neville, the chief forester, in 1206-7, and again in 1209-11. The house is included in a list of royal hunting lodges drawn up in 1217, but Henry III did not keep it up and nothing further is known of its history. (HKW)

In 1086 Count Alan of Britanny held four-fifths of half a hide of the king in Wakefield, which Ralph Dapifer held of him. (VCH 1906 p. 329) Alan died without issue and the undertenancy may have ended with his death, for the early 12th-century Northamptonshire Survey merely notes that at Wakefield there were four small virgates of the king's fee, (VCH 1906 p. 374) and the estate has no later manorial history. It was part of the royal demesne in the mid 12th century (Pipe R.) and in 1170-1 the sheriff accounted for repairs carried out to the hall there. (Pipe R.) Wakefield seems then to have been abandoned as a royal residence in favour of Silverstone, (Baker) and in the 13th century the name refers merely to the eastern part of Whittlewood, from which oaks were cut down from time to time for various building projects or as royal gifts. (VCH 2002)

Site under C18 house, Wakefield Lodge.
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