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Latest News

New Palace Guide

As a result of a newly forged agreement between the Society and English Heritage the Guide to Bishop’s Waltham Palace, first written by John Hare in 1987 and last printed in 1999, has now been updated and reprinted… The Society has paid the printing costs.

Rare Half-Penny Token

In November, as a token of continuing collaboration between the two organisations, the Society gave, on permanent loan, a rare half-penny token to the Bishop’s Waltham Museum which had been bought earlier in the year. The token had been issued by a Bishop’s Waltham grocer, Henry Penford, in 1666… 350 years ago!

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Bishop's Waltham

Bishop's Waltham is a small market town on the edge of the South Downs National Park to the East of Southampton, South of Winchester and North of Portsmouth. With a medieval centre, two large ponds, palace ruins and a thriving high street, Bishop's Waltham is a hidden gem near the South coast.

The Society

Bishop's Waltham Society was formed in 1986 to preserve and enhance the town, countryside and villages within Bishop’s Waltham Parish. We organise meetings, walks, talks, visits and social events to encourage interest and knowledge of our town, history and environment.

We also conduct research and survey the area as well as publishing books and material of local interest