House & Family History: King Henry VII visited Elsyng Hall twice in 1497. In 1539 Thomas Manners, 1st Earl of Rutland, exchanged Elsyng Hall for other land with Henry VIII. The king, a enthusiastic hunter, was attracted to the Elsyng estate because of Enfield Chase, a large tract of enclosed hunting land. Henry VIII converted the old manor house into a royal palace that became the childhood home of his children: the future King Edward VI and Queen Elizabeth I. Edward and Elizabeth were told of their father's death at Elsyng in 1547. The palace was purchased from King Charles I by the 4th Earl of Pembroke, who lived here until his death in 1650. Elsyng Palace was demolished soon after 1656.
House Listed: Scheduled Ancient Monument
Park Listed: Not Listed
Past Seat / Home of: Thomas Elsyng, 14th century. Thomas de Ros (Roos), 9th Baron de Ros of Helmsley, 15th century. Thomas Lovell, 15th century. Thomas Manners, 1st Earl of Rutland and 12th Baron de Ros of Helmsley, 16th century. King Henry VIII, 16th century; Prince Edward and Princess Elizabeth, 16th century. Philip Herbert, 4th Earl of Pembroke, 17th century.
Current Ownership Type: Demolished
Primary Current Ownership Use: Demolished
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No