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Clarendon Park, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Clarendon Park, a liberty in Wiltshire, 3 miles ESE of Salisbury. Acreage, 4432; population, 244. This tract was anciently a royal forest, and contained a hunting-seat or palace of the Kings from Henry I. to Edward III. The palace was the meeting-place of the great council in 1164 which enacted the Constitutions of Clarendon against papal aggression; it was a favourite residence of King John; it attained high magnificence in the time of Henry III.; and it was the place where Philip of Navarre did homage to Edward III. as King of France. Only a fragment of it, propped by buttresses, now remains. The forest was given in the 14th century for a term of years to the first Earl of Pembroke; was mortgaged by Charles I.; was granted at the Restoration to Monk, Duke of Albemarle; passed to the Earl of Bath; gave the title of Earl to Chancellor Hyde, the historian of the great Rebellion; and was purchased in 1813 by Benjamin Bathurst, Esq. Clarendon Lodge, the seat of the Bathurst family, is situated about a mile from the fragment of the ancient palace.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyWiltshire 
Poor Law unionAlderbury 

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