Authors: Cliff Ward
Size: 210x148mm 48 Pages
Publisher: Otford and District Historical Society
This book tells the fascinating story of Otford Palace, and gives an appreciation of its importance in English history. The archbishops of Canterbury, second only in importance to the kings, maintained a vast estate in West Kent based no Otford Manor. This grew to become one of the most magnificent houses in Medieval England. A splendid Tudor Palace was built on the site by Archbishop William Warham in the early 1500s. The whole was taken over by King Henry VIII in 1537. By 1600, its splendours waned. Due to Queen Elizabeth I’s refusal to spend money on repairs Otford Palace faded from the national scene after eight hundred years prominence.