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Havering Palace

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Havering.
In the historic county of Essex.
Modern Authority of London Borough of Havering.
1974 county of Greater London.
Medieval County of Royal Liberty of Havering.

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ511930
Latitude 51.61559° Longitude 0.17991°

Havering Palace has been described as a certain Palace.

There are no visible remains.


Since Saxon times there had been a royal hunting lodge or retreat at the village of Havering which nestled high on a ridge overlooking the lower Thames valley and was surrounded by the great Forest of Essex. The residence and area was much beloved of the late Saxon King Edward the Confessor; many believe that he died at the Palace of Havering and his body taken from there to Westminster Abbey for burial. The Palace at Havering was a great favourite of Edward the Confessor, Harold Godwinson, William the Conqueror and many later kings. It was close enough to London to be convenient and far enough away to be free from the demands of government. The hunting was good and the views across the lower Thames, the wildfowl marshes of south Essex to the rolling hills of north Kent were inspiring. In 1267 the Palace, village and the park - some 16,000 acres of forest, woodland, pastures and marshes - became the property of Queen Eleanor as part of the Queen's Dower, and 'atte-Bower' was added to the name of the village. From this date onwards the Palace and Park became the property of the queens of England, but was still known as the 'King's House and Park at Havering'.
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