Mr Tim Tatton-Brown"
To many people, particularly historians,this complex is completely unknown. I've only known it
vaguely, on and off, having first come here in the late 1970's.
It is a magnificent complex of buildings, despite the losses, beyond the Great Hall, of the kitchen
range and the outer courtyard,and all the lodgings and gatehouses which came down in the
early 19th century. What remains, this core of buildings around us, is an exceptional survival, as
is the Great Hall itself. As I'm sure you all know, it's the only one of the archbishops' medieval
Great Halls which survives with it's roof on. I still don't know how it survived - that's a subject
that needs more detailed work. Equally exceptional is the fact that you have most of the
buildings of what one could call the privy or private part of the archbishops' residence - that is,
the inner core of his residences - surviving here"