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Bishop's Waltham


Type:Towns & Villages

Hampshire, SO32 1DH
Bishop's Waltham


Twelve miles south east of Winchester lies the medieval town of Bishop’s Waltham. The bishop of the title was Henry of Blois, brother of King Stephen, who founded Bishop’s Waltham Palace in the 12th century.

An important residence of the powerful Winchester bishops, the palace hosted many royal visitors including Mary Tudor while she waited for the arrival of her future husband, Philip II of Spain, prior to their marriage. The palace was destroyed in 1644 under Cromwell’s orders but the extensive ruins are worth a visit today.

The town itself boasts a fine Norman church, plus a host of boutiques and award-winning restaurants housed in 17th and 18th-century buildings. There’s also a vineyard and a working mill nearby, the latter featuring in Channel 4’s Salvage Squad.

Bishop’s Waltham has many interesting connections with the Napoleonic Wars; prisoners of war were once held here, including the French admiral at the Battle of Trafalgar. Discover more about the town’s fascinating past with the help of ‘Discover Bishop’s Waltham’, a free leaflet which features a circular walk around the historic streets.

Photos by Betty Draper and Alistair Hood


Map & Directions

Road Directions

From M27 J10  - take A32 to Wickham.  At roundabout , exit left on A334 to Shedfield.  At Shedfield turn right into B2177 to Bishop's Waltham.

Public Transport Directions

Train Station : Botley

Stagecoach (Hampshire 69) to Winchester and Fareham (passes close to Winchester railway station and Fareham railway station) Solent Blue Line 8 from Eastleigh (passes Botley railway station)

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