In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Clarendon Park like this:
CLARENDON PARK, an extra-parochial tract in Alderbury district, Wilts; adjacent to the Salisbury and Gosport railway, 3 miles ESE of Salisbury. Acres, 4, 160. Real property, £3, 396. Pop., 181. Houses, 36. This tract was anciently a royal forest; and contained a hunting seat or palace of the Kings, from Henry I. to Edward III. The palace was the meeting-place of the great council, in 1164, which enacted the Constitutions of Clarendon against Papal aggression; it was a favourite residence of King John; it attained high magnificence in the time of Henry III.; and it was the place where Philip of Navarre did homage to Edward III. ...
as king of France. Only a fragment of it, propped by buttresses, now remains. The forest was given in the 14th century, for a term of years, to the first Earl of Pembroke; was mortgaged by Charles I.; was granted, at the Restoration, to Monk, Duke of Albemarle; passed to the Earl of Bath; gave the title of Earl to Chancellor Hyde, the historian of the great Rebellion; and was purchased, in 1813, by Benjamin Bathurst, Esq. Clarendon Lodge, the seat of Sir F. H. H. Bathurst, Bart., is situated about a mile from the fragmeut of the ancient palace.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Clarendon Park has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Salisbury. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Clarendon Park and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Clarendon Park, in Salisbury and Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th June 2013
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