A reference to 14thCentury Elsyng Palace, which was on the site of the present day Forty Hall and used in the Tudor period as a royal hunting lodge. The earliest known reference to Elsyng dates from 1374, when Jordan de Elsyng is recorded as holding part of the King’s fee in Enfield. In 1381, the manor of Elsyng is recorded as part of the holdings of Thomas Elsyng, citizen and mercer of London. Having started life as a Tudor courtier’s palace it was later developed by Henry VIII, as one of nearly 60 royal residences owned by king. The palace was also a childhood home of the future King Edward VI and Queen Elizabeth I, for whom it was said to be a favourite residence.
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