Clipstone, King John's Palace

Has been described as a Certain Palace (Royal), and also as a Certain Fortified Manor House

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameClipstone, King John's Palace
Alternative NamesClipeston; Clypston; Clippestone; Clippeston
Historic CountryNottinghamshire
Modern AuthorityNottinghamshire
1974 AuthorityNottinghamshire
Civil ParishClipstone

A Royal residence before 1164. Rebuilt in stone c 1180, when it became the principal hunting lodge in Sherwood Forest. Documentary evidence of successive building phases, including royal chambers and chapels, a great hall, stables and gateway, and ruinous by 1525. Excavations in 1956 revealed the outline of a probably late 13th century building contemporary with the present standing remains, surrounded by a ditch and palisade, with a probably associated fish pond. The site has been very much disturbed by ploughing and stone robbing. Traces of earlier building, form no coherent plan, and there are only faint traces of rebuilding known to have taken place in the 14th/15th Century. Pottery finds range from 12th/13th to 15th/16th Century. A scatter of Roman pottery was also found on the site. (PastScape ref. Rahtz, 1960 and HKW)

The ruins stand in land atop a SE facing slope, and comprise in the main only the stone rubble core. No traces of the ditch are to be seen on the surface, and the fish pond to the E has now been filled in, apparently by the county council. (PastScape ref. Field Investigators Comments–F1 BHS 25-MAR-74)

Gatehouse Comments

Excavation by Time Team in 2011 found probable chapel foundations. Pottery expert Paul Blinkhorn pointed out the C15/C16 pottery finds were of drinking vessels only, with no cooking or eating vessels of this date. He associated these with the demolition of the buildings circa 1470-1530. Outside of the scheduled area it is likely that standing medieval walls, incorporated into more modern houses in the village, represent the recorded gatehouse. The Wikipedia entry as of 14 July 2012 (mainly authored by archaeologist James Wright) is an outstanding online resource and should be consulted. It is likely (if not maliciously interfered with) to remain the easiest to access quality resource until James Wright and Andy Gaunt can publish a monograph.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

Historic England Scheduled Monument Number
Historic England Listed Building number(s)
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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSK603647
Latitude53.1765289306641
Longitude-1.09874999523163
Eastings460340
Northings364770
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Books

  • Wright, James, 2008, Castles of Nottinghamshire (Nottinghamshire County Council) p. 54, 62
  • Bealby et al, 2001, A Celebration of King's Clipstone - 1000 years of History
  • James, T.B., 1990, The Palaces of Medieval England (London; Seaby) p. 78, 170
  • Colvin, H.M., Brown, R.Allen and Taylor, A.J., 1963, The history of the King's Works Vol. 2: the Middle Ages (London: HMSO) p. 918-21 (plan)
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  • Wylie, J.H., 1894, History of England under Henry IV (London: Longman) Vol. 1 p. 140 online copy
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Journals

  • 2014, 'Hunting King John's palace in Sherwood Forest' Current Archaeology Issue 287 p. 11
  • Wright, James and Gaunt, Andy, 2013-14, ''A palace for our kings' – A decade of research into a royal residence in the heart of Sherwood Forest at Kings Clipstone, Nottinghamshire' Castle Studies Group Journal Vol. 27 p. 234-251
  • Gaunt, A. and Wright, J., 2013, ‘A romantic royal retreat, and an idealised forest in miniature: the designed landscape of medieval Clipstone, at the heart of Sherwood Forest’ Transactions of the Thornton Society of Nottinghamshire Vol. 117
  • Gaunt, Andy, 2013, 'Archaeologists further knowledge of Palace in Sherwood Forest' HeritageDaily online copy
  • Petersen, Erik, 2010, Jan 16, 'Saving King John's Palace from ruin' Nottingham Post (News report) online copy
  • Wright, James, 2004, 'A Survey of King John's Palace, King's Clipstone, Nottinghamshire' Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire Vol. 108
  • Crook, D., 1976, 'Clipstone Park and 'Peel'' Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire Vol. 80 p. 35-46
  • Rahtz, Philip A. and Colvin, H., 1960, 'King John's Palace, Clipstone' Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire Vol. 64 p. 21-43

Primary Sources

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Other

  • Wright, James, 2013, The King’s Houses - A palace or a mere hunting lodge? The story of a 20th century misidentification of a Mediaeval royal residence in Sherwood Forest (Mercian Archaeological Services CIC Occasional Papers 2) online copy
  • Wright, James, 2013, Brammer Farm House and Arundel Cottage Standing Building Report (Mercian Archaeological Services CIC) online copy
  • Time Team (Mike Aston et al), 2012, April 8 (1st broadcast), 'King John's Lost Palace' Time Team TV Programme (Time Team, a Videotext/Picture House production for Channel 4) view online
  • < >Gaunt, Andy, 2011, Clipstone Park and the Kings Houses (Univesity of Birmingham) (MA Dissertation and Geophysical survey) online copy < >
  • Gaunt, Andy, 2011, Geophysical resistance survey of King John's Palace, Clipstone, Nottinghamshire (Nottingham County Council) online copy
  • Kings Clipstone History Group, 2010, Kings John's Palace or the King's Houses online copy
  • Wright, James, 2010 Dec 9, pers. corr.
  • English Heritage, 2009, Heritage at Risk Register 2009 East Midlands (London: English Heritage) p. 63 online copy
  • Mordan, J and Wright, J., 2005, Condition Survey of King John's Palace, King's Clipstone, Nottinghamshire (Nottingham County Council)
  • Pre Construct Geophysics, 2004, Limited resistivity and magnetometry survey