Boughton under Blean archbishops manor

Has been described as a Questionable Palace (Bishop)

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameBoughton under Blean archbishops manor
Alternative Names
Historic CountryKent
Modern AuthorityKent
1974 AuthorityKent
Civil ParishBoughton Under Blean

Residential manor of the archbishop of Canterbury. (Thompson)

THE MANOR OF BOUGHTON was part of the antient possessions of the see of Canterbury; accordingly in the record of Domesday it is thus described, under the general title of the archbishop's lands: In Boltun hundred. The archbishop himself holds Boltune. It was taxed at five sulings and an half. The arable land is. In demesne there are two carucates, and thirty-one villeins, with thirty one borderers having fifteen carucates. There are four acres of meadow, and a fishery of ten-pence value, a salt-pit of sixteen-pence, wood for the pannage of forty-five hogs. In the whole value, in the time of king Edward the Confessor, and afterwards, it was worth fifteen pounds and sixteen shillings and three pence and one halfpenny. Now it is worth thirty pounds and sixteen shillings and three pence and one halfpenny. The archbishop continues at this time lord of this manor and hundred, the court leet of which he retains in his own possession, BUT the scite and demesnes of it have been for a great length of time demised for a term of years. (Hasted)

Manor House. C15 refronted and extended C18. Timber framed and clad with painted brick with plain tiled roof. Hall range with rear wing and malthouse and offices extension. Two storeys and hipped roof with gablets and stack to centre right. Three wooden casements on first floor, 3 on ground floor with canted bay to right. One storey extension to left with projecting hipped malthouse. Interior: heavy frame visible; evidence of jettying to front and rear; brattished dais beam and service doors. Rear wing with 2 tier ogee bracing of large scantling. Formerly the chief manor of Boughton. (Listed Building Report)

Gatehouse Comments

Does not seem to much used. Site not clearly identifiable but probably Boughton Court, near church, represents the site of the manor.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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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
  • Hasted, Edward, 1798 (2edn), The history and topographical survey of the county of Kent Vol. 7 p. 2-19 online transcription