The Rotherhithe residence of King Edward III was built around 1350, at this period in history Rotherhithe was just a small hamlet set in low lying mashland.
The manor was built upon a small island within the marsh, adjacent to the River Thames, consisting of stone buildings around a central courtyard.
Moated on three sides, with the north open to the Thames, this meant access by boat during high tide was possible.
The building itself, consisted of a large hall, kitchens and guest quarters, with private chambers for the King. Further south was an outer court surrounded by an earthen bank and built on drier land.
Historians speculate as to the usage of the manor, whether for hunting or fishing. The most popular theory being that the King would journey here to practice his falconry over the flat marshlands.
By the 16th century, the Thames embankment had pushed northwards due to land reclamation. By this time, the manor was completely enclosed by a moat and eventually sold to private hands.
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