Over the centuries, Knole has evolved from manor to palace, royal residence and country seat.
In 1538 King Henry VIII was so impressed with Knole that he forced the Archbishop of Canterbury to hand it over to him.
Knole remained a royal residence throughout the Tudor period, until it came into the hands of Elizabeth I. In 1561 she gave Knole first to her favourite courtier, Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester.
Then in 1566 the house passed to Elizabeth's treasurer and second cousin, Thomas Sackville, whose family still own Knole today.