Funding boost for Salisbury's medieval palace

Clarendon Palace (Historic England)

Published by Ellie Harries at 9:36am 10th March 2019. (Updated at 8:26am 11th March 2019)

Clarendon Palace has been given almost £50,000.

The 12th century medieval ruin in Salisbury is a step closer to uncovering more of its' history.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded the site £48,300.

WHAT WILL THE MONEY GO TOWARDS?

The Friends of Clarendon Palace wants to organise a number of free local events to help conserve its heritage.

This will include:

  • Planned excavations that the community can get involved in
  • A new accessible website
  • Open days
  • A Medieval Fayre in 2020

The organisation want to offer unique opportunities for locals and tourists to get their hands dirty and join professional archaeologists during excavations.

Clarendon Palace Salisbury
The Friends of Clarendon Palace have given us this photo, showing what's that thought be steps down into King Henry III's wine cellar - the wall is believed to be the end of his grandfather, Henry II's, great hall

They also want to give the public a chance to learn more about the history of the palace.

Clarendon Palace was said to be where the infamous quarrel between Henry II and Thomas a Beckett Archbishop of Canterbury began - resulting in Beckett's murder in 1170.

Tom James, who has been involved with the site for forty years, said:

"We are extremely excited at the prospect of carrying out some much needed modern investigation of the site, that this grant has given us."

For more information on the plans for the site email: clarendon.palace1167@btinternet.com or telephone 023 80617182.

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