Henry VIII's Lost Palace: Digging Up Britain

Henry VIII's Lost Palace: Digging Up Britain

Series 1

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Review

Elsyng Palace in Enfield, north London, was one of nearly 60 royal residences owned by Henry VIII, but until the 1960s its exact location was unknown. Helen Skelton and Alex Langlands visit a new dig that’s unearthing more clues about Tudor life.

Among the discoveries are the remnants of an oven used to prepare banquets and a groat bearing Henry’s portrait. But why did the king choose to stay there at all? It was at least half a day’s horseback ride from his Thames-side residences. It turns out he was terrified of the diseases sweeping London and wanted to keep his ailing son Edward free of infection.

Summary

Helen Skelton and Alex Langlands join a new dig at Elsyng Palace, one of nearly 60 royal residences owned by Henry Vlll and one of his favourite homes during his last decade. The dig unearths more clues to the palace's architecture and splendour, and of Henry's life and times, with finds including the remnants of a working oven and a 16th-century groat - worth about four pence in Tudor times - featuring a portrait of Henry's face.

Cast & Crew

Series Producer David Caldwell-Evans
Documentary History