We visited the Palace one morning in early May.
Situated just outside the small town, it has a free car park and no entry fees - at least when we were there. We had a pleasant walk around the buildings surrounded by trees and wild flowers.
Built in 1136 by Bishop Henri of Blois, brother of King Stephen, it was enlarged c. 1367 and remained the residence of the Bishops of Winchester until Cromwell ordered its destruction .
Notices have been placed at various points, but they could be more informative. Still it is possible to identify various buildings: the kitchens, the great hall, the tower, the church, bedchambers, etc. The place provides a reminder of the wealth and power of the Church in old times.
Before leaving Bishop's Waltham, take a stroll around the town which has charming old houses. The church dedicated to St Stephen is also worth a look. Surrounded by a mature churchyard, it has a rough Norman font and a 1626 pulpit.
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