Monument record 0672800000 - Quarrendon


Unlocated site of a possible seventh century Saxon 'palace' at Quarrendon suggested from historical sources

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded


Type and Period (1)

  • ROYAL PALACE? (7th Century - 600 AD to 699 AD)


According to hagiographic tradition St Osyth, possibly a daughter of the sub-king Frithuwold was supposedly born at his residence or villa regalis at Quarrendon in the mid-7th century. John Leland transcribed a 12th century source reporting that the site of the royal hall was still identified by local peasants as a piece of ground on which nothing would grow and which was never used for secular purposes. The location of a royal residence at Quarrendon may have become confused with Aylesbury, which has a good claim to be identified as a royal tun at both earlier and later dates, but Everson suggests that a 7th century palace may have lain within sight of a minster at Aylesbury rather than necessarily within Aylesbury itself (B1). NGR approximate only.

Sources (1)

  • <1>SBC19329 Article in serial: Paul Everson. 2001. Peasants, Peers and Graziers: The Landscape of Quarrendon, Buckinghamshire, interpreted. pp9-11,37-38.


Grid reference SP 80 16 (point) (Approximate)
Civil Parish QUARRENDON, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

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Record last edited

Sep 22 2015 11:27AM

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