Key: 1=Archbishop’s Apartments; 2=Great Hall; 3=Western Lodgings; 4= Eastern Court; 5=Paddock
The farmhouse, barn, western range and the buildings in the south range of the complex are separately listed Grade 1:
- NHLE 1070756 – Palace Farmhouse (Former Archbishop’s Apartments)
- NHLE 1185861 – Barn (Former Great Hall)
- NHLE 1186008 – Outhouse to west of Palace Farmhouse (Western Range)
- NHLE 1070757 – Palace Cottages and remains of gatehouse adjoining
Grade 1 buildings are regarded as being of exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important; nationally only 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade 1 – to have four located within its complex underscores the Palace’s extraordinary significance to England’s cultural heritage.
The ground beneath the listed buildings is scheduled and a Grade 2 listed wall surrounds the whole site.
The Palace is included on Historic England’s Heritage At Risk Register. The former Great Hall and Western Range are designated Priority A (at immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric with no solution agreed) while the listed farmhouse is at Priority C (subject to slow decay with no solution agreed).
Another building preservation charity, the Spitalfields Trust, owns and has developed part of the southern lodging range, and has an option to purchase the remainder of the Palace complex.
Spitalfields have a 40-year track history in restoring endangered historic buildings and putting them into private ownership.
Our vision for giving the Palace a sustainable future by making it a self-sustaining centre for education, culture, leisure and enterprise, with open access, differs from theirs.
We have been in discussion with them since October 2016 and they are monitoring our Trust’s progress with interest.
At present Spitalfields have expressed reservations over working with us, as they prefer the flexibility offered by working independently and have not to date undertaken a restoration project in partnership with another organisation.
However, should we prove successful in convincing them of our ability to raise sufficient funds and of our capacity and capability to make our vision a reality they have expressed a willingness to reconsider their position.
We believe that we have compatible skill sets to theirs and should it prove possible we would wish to work with Spitalfields Trust.
For further information on how our two approaches differ and the nature of our relationship with Spitalfields Trust please see Q&A in this section of the website.