Wolvesey Castle, the Old Bishop's Palace - From 670 to the present day, the succession of the Bishops of Winchester is unbroken. In medieval times, two cardinals, two papal legates, a chief justice, two keepers of the royal seal, four treasurers and ten chancellors of England were chosen from their number. Henry VIII's once trusted adviser Cardinal Wolsey is perhaps the most infamous.
English Heritage consider the Bishop's Palace as one of the greatest medieval buildings in England, the palace was the chief residence of the Bishops of Winchester. Started in the early 1100s by Bishop William Giffard and then greatly extended by Bishop Henri de Blois the palace was used for many centuries for the visits of royalty and the nobility. By the mid 1600s the palace had been virtually abandoned, the bishops prefering to stay at Farnham or Southwark Palace. By the end of the 18th century the palace had been robbed of its stone, leaving the ruins largely as they appear today.