Keys to the Past

The Palace (Holy Island)

The Palace site under excavation by the Time Team. Photo by Mick Aston, 2000.
The Palace site under excavation by the Time Team. Photo by Mick Aston, 2000.

There are the remains of a group of medieval buildings within an enclosure. It stands to the east of Holy Island village close to Lindisfarne Priory. Traces of a number of ranges of buildings can be seen standing within the walled enclosure. There are historic records from the 15th century that a house called Harbottle Place probably stood at this site. In the Tudor period it was converted into a military supply base. A survey of 1548 called the buildings the `Queen's storehouse' and states that there was `'also another house in the towne called the Pallace, which is the newe brewhouse and bakehouse. By 1596 the brewing vats were out of use. The buildings were abandoned and fell into ruin. A map of 1792 shows only a single building in the north-east of the site.
Work carried out here in 2000, for the Time Team programme on Channel 4, exposed remains of a Tudor victualling yard. These included a large masonry brewhouse with the settings for a mash tun and a fermenting tun. There was also evidence of a cellar, storehouse, possible malthouse and courtyard. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N5363
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Neolithic (4000BC to 2200BC)
Legal status:Conservation area
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Towers and Bastles in Northumberland 1995; P RYDER
RECTIFIED PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, The Palace, Holy Island 2000; NORTHERN ARCHAEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATES
GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY, The Palace, Holy Island 2000; GSB PROSPECTION
BUILDING SURVEY, The Palace, Holy Island 2000; NORTHERN ARCHAEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATES
BUILDING SURVEY, The Palace, Holy Island: archaeological assessment 2000; P Ryder
TRIAL TRENCH, The Palace, Holy Island 2000; NORTHERN ARCHAEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATES

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Source of Reference
Local History of Holy Island


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