An historic town with a fascinating history
The earliest record of a settlement within the Bishop’s Waltham area was of a church built in around 640 AD. From then onwards, the town has enjoyed a colourful history with the peak of activity in Medieval times. The town also has several important connections to maritime history.
The first Bishop’s Residence built in Bishop’s Waltham was started by Henri of Blois, William the Conqueror’ grandson, in about 1136. Subsequently enlarged and embellished by the wealthy and powerful Bishop’s of Winchester over the following centuries it was, by the mid 1400s, a real Palace. Today it is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and classified by English Heritage as a Magnate’s Residence. There are only 150 such classified ‘residences’ in the country.