Archbishops of Canterbury

The Manor of Slindon had a long history of ownership by the archbishops of Canterbury starting with Archbishop Theodore in 686 and ending with Archbishop Cranmer in 1543, during the reign of Henry VIII.

At the time of the Norman conquest the estate was in the hands of Azur of Slindon a powerful landholder of southern England but was soon confiscated by the crown. However the estate was returned to the see of Canterbury by Henry I in 1106.

During the 12th century an archbishop’s palace was built in a location thought to be near the present day Slindon House but unfortunately there are no remains of it visible today.

In 1228 Archbishop Stephen Langton died at Slindon but his body was taken to Canterbury. There is a plaque inside St Mary’s Church to commemorate his death. He is acknowledge for putting the bible into chapters and for his commitment in helping get the Magna Carta drawn up.

Plaque dedicated to Stephen Langton in St Mary’s Church, Slindon. Photo: Bob Epsom