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Banstead Dower House

In the civil parish of Banstead.
In the historic county of Surrey.
Modern Authority of Surrey.
1974 county of Surrey.
Medieval County of Surrey.

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ255596
Latitude 51.32167° Longitude -0.20035°

Banstead Dower House has been described as a certain Palace.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Excavation in 1974 by S Nelson in Banstead churchyard, showed evidence for the site of the manor buildings known to have been occupied by Hubert de Burgh from 1217, and the Crown before 1275. A ditch, and pit contained late 13th century pottery, and may be linked with the restyling of the buildings by Edward I in 1275/6. The flint walls were heavily robbed to some depth. The demolition rubble contained late 16th to early 17th century material (Nelson). The one time manor of Hugh de Burgh was acquired from his son, John de Burgh, in 1273. Edward I granted it in dower to his first Queen Eleanor, in 1275. Over the next 8 years he added new chambers, a cloister in timber, stables and a well-house. The hall and kitchens were prepared for the King's visit in 1276-7. Until 1363, the house was granted as a dower house to successive consorts. In 1376, it was granted to Sir Nicholas carew for life (HKW). (PastScape)

Royal palace, 1273 -1376, usually held by queens in dower.
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