The Fulham Palace Trust (FPT) has released its first guidebook, written by museum curator Miranda Poliakoff.
The guidebook is an illuminating insight into the Palace’s history and its relationship with the Bishops of London, to whom it was home for over 1000 years, as well as containing fascinating glimpses into their lives. The book has been split into easy-to-use sections designed to enable the visitor to explore both the exterior and the interior of the Palace, as well as the gardens. It is available from the Fulham Palace shop and reception and costs £3.50.
The guide is suitable for first-time and regular visitors alike as it contains lots of original information. For instance, a new tree map shows the location of nearly 60 unusual trees and helps unlock the Palace’s unique and fascinating horticultural history. The gardens at the Palace gained worldwide significance at the time of Bishop Compton (1675-1713), a keen botanist and collector of rare species. The gardens are in the process of being completely restored.
The first known guidebook to Fulham Palace was written in 1907 for Bishop Winnington-Ingram's world tour and only a handful have been published since. The last was written in 1990 by Sybilla Jane Flower and published by the Friends of Fulham Palace. Now out of print; the last edition was published in 2002.
Miranda Poliakoff says: “Much of the information in the guidebook was previously only available by taking a group guided tour, so the Trust is delighted that our visitors now have another opportunity to uncover Fulham Palace’s secrets."
Fulham Palace is a truly remarkable place. For centuries, this Grade I Listed building, situated in extensive grounds by the River Thames, was a country residence of the Bishops of London right up until 1973. Since April 2011, the Palace has been managed by the FPT, a registered charity with a new Chief Executive, Sian Harrington, who was appointed in November 2011.
Fulham Palace has a wealth of things to see and do all year round, from exploring the Museum that charts the Palace’s eventful history to having lunch in the Drawing Room Café followed by a walk through the Palace’s beautiful grounds, including the walled garden. Admission to the Palace and its grounds is free of charge (except for special tours and events). The Palace is available to hire as a stunning venue for weddings as well as private and corporate events.