King John’s Palace: Clipeston

Old Clipstone


Scheduled Monument – Monument Number 320381

Grade II Listed Building


Medieval hunting lodge, gatehouse, palisade, ditch, domestic chapel. Defended by a palisade and ditch.

Was the principal Royal hunting lodge in Sherwood Forest, and had stabling for 200 horses.

Henry II, Richard I, King John, Henry III, Edward I, Edward II, Edward III and Richard II all stayed for a while at the site whilst monarchs.

Possibly the site of a chapel built by King Edwin of Northumbria.


1164                            c: Built, repairs carried out.

1170                            Repairs carried out.

1180                            c: Rebuilt in stone.

1183                            Repairs carried out.

1184                            Repairs carried out.

1194                            Richard I met William the Lion, King of Scotland, at the site.

12th-13th C                   Dating from: Pottery finds.

1220                            Destroyed by fire. Repairs carried out.

1223                            Kings chamber burnt down, repairs carried out.

1238                            Alterations.

1245                            Alterations.

1247                            New chapel added.

1251                            Alterations.

1279                            Two chambers with a chapel were added, alterations.

1281                            Stabling for 200 horses was built.

1290                            Parliament held on the site.

1348                            Alterations.

1348-1349                   Rebuilding work carried out.

1363                            Alterations.

1375                            Alterations.

1393                            Visited by Richard II.

14th-15th C                   Possibly rebuilt.

1401                            No longer used by the Royal family.

1434                            Alterations.

1446                            Alterations.

15th-16th C                   Dating from: Pottery finds.

1525                            In ruins.

1568                            Very few remains.

1956                            Excavated by Ministry of Works.

1974                            Field Investigation.

1994                            Scheduled.


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