Canterbury Archbishops Palace

Has been described as a Certain Palace (Bishop)

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameCanterbury Archbishops Palace
Alternative NamesCellarers Hall; Walpole House
Historic CountryKent
Modern AuthorityKent
1974 AuthorityKent
Civil ParishCanterbury

The Great Hall and other fragmentary remains of the Archbishops Palace rebuilt between 1193 and 1228 on the site of the original palace probably initiated by Lanfranc in C11. Most of the major buildings of the Palace were demolished in the 1650's. The Palace was rebuilt again to designs by W D Caroe in 1896, retaining some of the original features. Excavations have located the Great Hall which was constructed late C12 early C13. (PastScape)

Between September and early November 1982 a large trench (3m x 22m) was excavated on the site of the early 13th century Great Hall at the medieval Archbishop's Palace. The Great Hall of the Archbishop's Palace, the second largest medieval Great Hall in Britain after Westminster, was constructed c1200-1220 by Archbishops Hubert Walter and Stephen Langton and was demolished in the 1650s. (PastScape ref. Rady, 1982)

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceTR150579
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  • Emery, Anthony, 2006, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 3 Southern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 320-25
  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 170
  • James, T.B., 1990, The Palaces of Medieval England (London; Seaby) p. 22, 60, 63-4, 134, 158
  • Tatton Brown, Tim, 1982, 'The great hall of the archbishop's palace' in Coldstream, Nicola and Draper, Peter (eds), Medieval art and architecture at Canterbury before 1220 (British Archaeological Association conference transactions 5) p. 112-119
  • Hasted, Edward, 1801, The history and topographical survey of the county of Kent Vol. 12 p. 524-5 online transcription
  • Hasted, Edward, 1800, The history and topographical survey of the county of Kent Vol. 11 p. 294-303online transcription


  • Rady, J., Tatton Brown, T. and Bowen, J.A., 1991, 'The archbishop's palace, Canterbury: Excavations and Building Recording Works from 1981 to 1986' Journal of the British Archaeological Association Vol. 144 p. 1-60 (also available as a bound offprint)
  • Freeman, J.M., 1991 April, Country Life
  • Bowen, J., 1986-7, Canterbury Archaeological Trust annual report Vol. 11 p. 26-7
  • Rady, J., 1982, 'Interim Report on Excavations in 1982 by the Canterbury Archaeological Trust' Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 98 p. 230-3 (plan) online copy
  • Tatton Brown, Tim, 1980-81, Canterbury Archaeological Trust annual report Vol. 5 p. 15-16
  • Tatton Brown, Tim, 1979-80, Canterbury Archaeological Trust annual report Vol. 4 p. 33
  • Tatton Brown, Tim, 1978-79, Canterbury Archaeological Trust annual report Vol. 3 p. 20
  • Willis, R., 1868, 'The architectural history of the conventual buildings of the monastery of Christ Church in Canterbury' Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 7 p. 1-206 (plans) online copy

Guide Books

  • Rady, J., Tatton Brown, T. and Bowen, J.A., 1991, The archbishop's palace, Canterbury (Canterbury Archaeological Trust) (reprint of 1991 JBAA article)


  • Payne, Naomi, 2003, The medieval residences of the bishops of Bath and Wells, and Salisbury (PhD Thesis University of Bristol) Appendix B: List of Medieval Bishop's Palaces in England and Wales (available via EThOS)