Woking Palace Valencian tile

The remains of Woking Palace can be found near Old Woking, on the banks of the River Wey.

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Woking Abbey Valencian tile. The Lightbox, Woking
Copyright: Image courtesy of Brian Wood

The original manor house of Woking became a favourite residence of Henry VII and Henry VIII who had considerable works carried out during their reigns, effectively turning the house into a palace.

A number of artefacts of archaeological interest were recovered from the river including fragments of hand-painted blue and white tin-glazed floor tiles.

These tiles have now been identified as having come from Valencia, Spain. The Woking collection of Valencian tiles contains the largest number of such tiles found anywhere in Britain, although similar tiles have been found in Guildford, Dartford and Billericay.

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