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Easthampstead Manor

In the civil parish of Bracknell.
In the historic county of Berkshire.
Modern Authority of Bracknell Forest.
1974 county of Berkshire.
Medieval County of Berkshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SU84556710
Latitude 51.39844° Longitude -0.78799°

Easthampstead Manor has been described as a probable Palace.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Royal manor, part of larger forest, and had occasional royal residence of some sort from the early C14 although this used the earlier manor house of John of Droxford, Bishop of Bath and Wells. This house is recorded as being moated and slight remains of this moat are said to be visible.

The lodge within the park was more than a mere hunting lodge. Easthampstead manor was acquired by Edward II from John of Droxford, Bishop of Bath and Wells in 1320. In 1343, the house was converted. There were two buildings arranged about a courtyard. The building on the East was converted from two rooms up and down into eight chambers, and the western bulding, a single room up and down, was converted to five chambers. The hall, chapel and kitchen were reroofed at the same time. In 1392 there were references to a great hall, great chapel, and a spicery. (PastScape ref. HKW)

Location now within a golf course and under a Victorian country mansion so reading the medieval landscape impossible. However from the 1871 OS map it would seem the NS linear water feature may have been a fish pond. The actual palace buildings probably lay under the later house now a conference centre.
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