The Archbishop's Palace in Charing is an important heritage site and was first mentioned in the Domesday Book as land held by the Archbishop of Canterbury. This was one of a number of medieval palaces serving archbishops when they travelled between Canterbury and London.
Registers indicate that a palace was in regular use in Charing from the time of Archbishop Peckham (1279 to 1292). Later, both Henry VII and Henry VIII stayed at the Palace, the latter on his way to the Field of the Cloth of Gold. The property was seized by the Crown after the Dissolution in 1545 and was subsequently leased to, and later owned by, local farming gentry, notably the Honywoods and the Whelers. The present owner’s acquired the complex in the 1950s. The buildings are listed by English Heritage as Grade I and are a Scheduled Ancient Monument.