Has been described as a Possible Palace (Royal), and also as a Possible Fortified Manor House
There are no visible remains
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Royal hunting lodge, demolished and replaced by a house in 1686. The house was remodelled and enlarged in 1786 and circa 1840. It was destroyed by fire in 1900. The house was rebuilt in neo-Wren style in 1902. (PastScape)
The history of the manor, within which is included an extensive forest of very great beauty, dates back to the 13th century, when it was in possession of the noble family of de Albini, Earls of Arundel, who made it their occasional residence, entertaining there, in 1215, King John and his retinue. It remained part of the Arundel estates for more than centuries after, and as such descended to Lord Lumley, and from him to the Earls of Scarborough, who lived there till about the middle of the last century.
The mansion, as already stated, has undergone many changes. The earliest notice we can find of a manorial residence belongs to the year 1327 (20 Edw. II.), when it appears to have consisted of a hall, with a chapel and two chambers, a kitchen and one chamber over the gate. Judging from these facts it could scarcely be termed the principal residence of the Earls of Arundel, but was probably used by them as a hunting seat, for which it was well adapted by its proximity to an extensive forest. About the year 1480, it is said to have been rebuilt by Thomas, Lord Maltravers, upon whom it had been settled by his father, William, Earl of Arundel. No doubt the change it then underwent was similar to that effected in many of the feudal strongholds throughout England ; that is to say, it was converted into a castellated mansion, in which the comfort of the inmates rather than their defence was chiefly consulted. So far as we can learn it was quadrangular in form, having a turreted gateway for an entrance, and within an open courtyard and cloister
This building in its turn gave place to the far larger structure erected by Lord Scarborough in 1686, after the design of William Talman, the architect of Uppark, in Harting, which Stansted is said to have closely resembled.
Stansted was a demense manor of the Earls of Arundel, who evidently had a hunting lodge here in the twelfth century. When William, Earl of Arundel, died in 1176, his lands were taken into the king's hands, and in the following year Henry II spent ... (HKW)
This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law
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