Productive farmland with an important piece of English Medieval history
The important historic site of King’s Court Palace lies within a ring-fenced block of 75.42 acres on the eastern fringes of Gillingham, Dorset. The productive and level land has been farmed on an arable and pasture rotation by a local farming family for several decades.
In Medieval times, one field was the site of King’s Court Palace, a medieval royal hunting and entertaining residence. Stone structures were built by King John (1199 – 1216) and Henry III (1216 – 1272) and it is possible timber buildings were here as early as the reigns of William II (1087 – 1100) followed by Henry I and Henry II. The rectangle bank and ditch of the moated site are still clearly visible and the land will be of significance interest to historians. The photograph shows the plaque at the entrance to the site, showing how it may have looked all those years ago.
There is also natural water with frontage to the River Lodden and Fern Brook and three tree lined ponds adding a conservation and amenity angle. To complete the package there is a dilapidated barn shed in one field corner and the land adjoins the towns southern extension, a site committed in the local plan for housing development.