Ford Archbishops Palace

Has been described as a Certain Palace (Bishop)

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameFord Archbishops Palace
Alternative NamesFord Manor Farmhouse
Historic CountryKent
Modern AuthorityKent
1974 AuthorityKent
Civil ParishHoath

This building incorporates part of the late mediaeval gatehouse of the Palace of the Archbishops of Canterbury. Most of the Palace was demolished in 1658. The existing building incorporates a wing of C15 date but was refronted in red brick in C18. (Listed Building Report)

The remains of the Bishop's Manor House at Ford (built by Cardinal Moreton between 1486 and 1501 and demolished in 1658) consists of a few fragments of massive walling. The present farmhouse known as Ford Manor stands on or near the site of the gate-house or lodge. A 16th century farm to the N.E. of the farmhouse was probably part of the manor house buildings. Local tradition speaks of "fishponds" on the site and within comparatively recent years a moat adjoining the ruins has been filled in. There is, however, no reference in the Parliamentary Survey of 1647 to features such as these and so they may be subsequent additions. A fragment of map dated 1624 shows "Forde Parke" extending as far as Oxenden Corner and contained on the W. and N. sides by roads. (PastScape)

On low-lying ground beside the stream, there is a sub-rectangular piece of raised ground enclosed on three sides by a shallow depression which bears a superficial resemblance to a homestead moat. (PastScape ref. F1 ASP 12.03.64)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceTR206657
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