See how Theobalds Palace would have looked in 1607 in this animated 3D aerial view.
History of Cedars Park
|1140||First mention of Thebaudes, Tibbolds or Theobalds.|
|1554||During the Tudor era, William Cecil, Secretary of State to Edward VI and Elizabeth I, buys the estate.|
|1564||Sir William Cecil entertains Elizabeth I at Theobalds.|
Theobalds includes a Royal Apartment for Queen Elizabeth, who visited 15 times during her reign.
|1598||William Cecil dies.|
|1603||Elizabeth dies. Her successor, King James visits Theobalds.|
|1606||William Cecil's son Robert entertains the royal court at Theobalds.|
|1607||James I exchanges Hatfield House for Theobalds Palace, which becomes his favourite residence outside London.|
|James I dies at Theobalds Palace. His son Prince Charles is proclaimed King Charles I at the palace gates.|
|1642||At the start of the Civil War, King Charles I receives a petition from Parliament at Theobalds|
|1649||Charles is executed and much of Theobalds Palace is demolished piecemeal over time.|
|from 1765||The Cedars, a gentleman's estate, was built on the site of the old palace.|
Admiral Sir Hedworth Meux presents the estate to Cheshunt to be used as a public park.
Every year, Enfield Archaeological Society (EAS) uncover some of Cedars Park's rich past during the Festival of Archaeology. Some recent finds include:
|Historical jug top||Dog skeleton||Spur buckle||Remains of brick loggia, a Renaissance summer garden house|