Bishop’s Waltham, a picturesque town in Hampshire, England, has a captivating history that spans centuries. Founded as a Saxon settlement, it gained importance when the Bishop of Winchester William of Wykeham built a palace here in the 14th century. The palace served as a residence for the Bishops of Winchester for centuries, shaping the town’s development.

In the medieval period, Bishop’s Waltham thrived as a market town, known for its agricultural produce and wool trade. During the English civil War, 200 royalist soldiers were besieged in the Palace by parliammentray forces for three days and were forced to surrender. In 1645, Oliver Cromwell ordered the destruction of the palace, resulting in today’s picturesque ruins. Today Bishop’s Waltahm attracts many visitors who explore its rich heritage and scenic surroundings.