Kings Langley Palace

“Remains of an Ancient Palace Kings Langley Herts” Engraved by J. Greig from a Drawing by F. W. L. Stockdale for the Antiquarian Itinerary Storer described the building: “Part of the site is now occupied by a farm-house of no very prepossessing appearance, which exhibits the ancient bake-house and some other vestiges of the domestic offices of the palace.”


  • Kings Langley, Hertfordshire.
  • OSGB – TL 06631 02584
  • Scheduled Monument.
  • Grade II Listed Building.


1276                            Held by the Crown.

1277                            Recorded as being made a Palace.

1279-1281                 Private rooms were included for King Edward and his wife.

1299                           Edward I and his new Queen, Margaret of France celebrated All Saints Day at the Palace. The celebration was also attended by Aymon, Count of Savoy, Bishop of Norwich, John Salmon, and John of Berkhamsted, Abbot of St. Albans.

13th C                        Medieval Royal palace.

1302                           Granted by Edward I to his son, Prince Edward.

1307                            Prince Edward was crowned Edward II.

1341                           Edmund of Langley, Duke of York, the 5th son of Edward III was born at the site.

1349                           The Plague: The King moved his family and his Court to the Palace.

1389-1391                 Between: Visited by Geoffrey Chaucer.

1431                            Damaged by fire.

1476                            A banquet was held at the Palace by William Wallingford, Abbot of St. Albans.

1591                           Parts of the gatehouse still stood.

1626                            Charles I granted the Manor to Sir Charles Morrison.

1628                            Sir Charles died and he was succeeded by his daughter, Elizabeth, who was the wife of  Arthur Capell, 1st Baron Capell of Hadham.

1649                             Arthur Capell, 1st Baron Capell of Hadham was beheaded by Parliament for being a Royalist.

1956                            Excavated.

1961                            Excavated.

1974-1976                   Excavated.

1970                            Excavated.


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