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.
Clarendon Park is now part of Salisbury district. Click here for graphs and data of how Salisbury has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Clarendon Park itself, go to Units and Statistics.
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: 25th March 2017
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