Henry VIII,the Reign
The Royal Progress 1535
Bishops Waltham, Hampshire
16 Sep 1535
The building of a palace was begun sometime in the 1130s by Henry of Blois, who was Bishop of Winchester from 1129 to 1171 and a younger brother of King Stephen. Henry was of significant influence in the manoeuvrings that brought Stephen to power in England. He served as Stephen’s chief adviser, albeit that he changed sides twice during the civil war between Stephen and Matilda.
Waltham Palace was one of the most ostentatious residences of the Bishops of Winchester, who ranked among the wealthiest of the clergy in Christendom.