Royal Palace at Havering-Atte-Bower

IMG_1178 (2)Currently on display in the Museum is a very detailed model of the Royal Palace at Havering-atte-Bower as it would have looked in all its glory during the reign of Elizabeth 1 in 1578. The Palace is standing on what is now the Village Green with St. John the Evangelist Church on the left.

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It is likely there would have been a Palace, or hunting lodge, at Havering-atte-Bower as early as the 7th Century during Saxon times. This, the first Royal Palace, would have been built by Sigeberht the Little (king of Essex 617-653), who lived in the area. It would have been a large barn-like wooden structure.

The second Palace was built by Edward the Confessor, who reigned as King of England from 1042-66. Edward gave the Manor of Havering to Harold Godwinson, who later succeeded him as King Harold. When Harold was killed at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the Manor and Palace was taken over by the new monarch, William the Conqueror, who reigned from 1066-87.

The Palace was used by the all Kings and Queens of England until Charles 1 in 1631 when the building fell into disrepair.

  • The model was made by three members of the Romford Historical Society.


  1. David on 13th March 2019 at 12:17

    Do you know WHY Charles I abandoned use of the palace used by so many other monarchs ? Saxon 7th Century to 1630s is a long long time to suddenly abandon it. Must have been a big reason not trivial ? Is there any evidence of English Civil War activity in the Havering area ?

  2. Mr Denham on 11th June 2020 at 11:14

    Was the track/ road from the Palace go down Orange tree hill thought to Pettits Lane to the market place/ brewery/ churches?

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