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Wolverton Palace

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Wolverton House; Vlfertona; Ulferton

In the civil parish of Baughurst.
In the historic county of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Modern Authority of Hampshire.
1974 county of Hampshire.
Medieval County of Hampshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SU55365852
Latitude 51.32310° Longitude -1.20691°

Wolverton Palace has been described as a certain Palace.

There are no visible remains.

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.


Wolverton was a royal demesne manor until alienated by King John in 1215. In the reign of Henry II (1154-1189) there was a royal residence and deer park here. Repair of the King's House at Wolverton accounted for in the Pipe Rolls of 1158-9, 1159-60, 1165-66 and 1166-67. (HKW)

WOLVERTON, which Elveva had held of Edward the Confessor, was held by Alvred the priest of the Conqueror at the time of the Domesday Survey. In the 12th century the manor was farmed out for £10 a year, exclusive of the park, which sometimes brought in an additional £1, and also occasionally furnished venison for the royal table. There was a royal residence at Wolverton, as appears from the Pipe Rolls, in which there is frequent mention of money spent in repairing the king's houses there, and it seems probable that the early kings sometimes stayed in the parish. Thus in 1165 Queen Eleanor, the wife of Henry II, was at Wolverton during her husband's absence in Normandy, and her expenses during her stay amounted to £18.
At length King John in 1215 granted the manor to Peter Fitz Herbert —a gift which was, however, rendered void in 1217, in which year it was granted by Henry III to his mother, the dowager queen Isabel, as part of her dower. Peter, however, subsequently regained possession of the manor, obtaining a grant of free warren in his lands in the hundred of Kingsclere from Henry III (VCH)

Long sections of the park pale remain but nothing of the buildings, which may well have been mainly of timber and which presumably was at, or very close to, the current Georgian House.
See also Freemantle, which form part of a complex of hunting lodges within the large areas of royal forest in north Hampshire.
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