Gift of Land

821 AD

Gift of Land

This land was first gifted to the Archbishop Wulfred by Offa, King of Mercia.

There were in fact, two charters, and implications of these are dicussed by Gordon Ward in his article The Making of the Great Park at Otford, published in Archaeologia Cantiana, Volume 41, 1929.

A large moated manor house was built here and enlarged over the next 600 years by 52 subsequent archbishops.  You can find a chronological list of the archbishops from Wulfred to Reginald Pole (the last Roman Catholic Bishop) here (from Wikipedia)