Sir George visited Tidgrove Warren Farm, to see the excavation of the house which King Henry II had at Titegrave in the 1270s. The site was discovered by Raleigh Place, the farmer who owns the land, while he was ploughing and it was subsequently confirmed by an air photograph and by metal detection.
"I applaud the work which the Kingsclere Heritage Association has been doing over many years, in conjunction with Southampton University, to excavate interesting sites at Tidgrove Warren Farm. A few years ago, they unearthed a Roman settlement, and this year they did further work on a house which King Henry II occupied, probably once or twice a year, to hunt from".
During the week, local schools will visit the site to learn more about its history, and to look at displays of pottery, coins and weapons that had been found during the excavation.
"It was interesting that this building had a special wine cellar built for it, so clearly Henry II enjoyed the good life."
Sir George was shown round by Mike Leah, Chairman of Kingsclere Heritage Association, and met Janet Bond, the dig co-ordinator. "I was offered some rabbit pie - the rabbit having been killed earlier in the day - but I took the view that those working on the site had a greater entitlement to it than I had!"