Listen carefully I will say this only once

500 years ago visitors would have been greeted by a very different sight - an extraordinary renaissance style palace, surrounded by a deer park. This was the 'Manor of the More', described in the 16th century as 'grander than Hampton Court'.

The manor has a long history, but the era of greatest significance came during the time of Cardinal Wolsey, who remodelled the site. So much so that Henry VIII thought it the ideal setting to negotiate the terms of the Treaty of the More in 1525. This key event in Anglo-French relations saw Henry VIII, Thomas More and others negotiate with representatives from France for the release of the French King from a Spanish prison. There were benefits for Henry of course...

Foundations revealed

Pupils at Northwood Prep School are fascinated with their high-status heritage. Time Team were invited by the school to answer a number of mysteries about the building complex and find evidence for the claim concerning its grandeur. Ably assisted by respected archaeologist Prof Martin Biddle from Oxford University, who excavated at the site as a boy, Time Team hoped to answer a number of questions about the site that have remained unanswered for almost fifty years...

Luckily the team had a bit of a head start in the form of radar data collected by Jimmy. This showed well-preserved building remains but left a few mysteries. Where was the fabled outer court described in documents? Was the site truly 'greater than Hampton Court'? Could we find the very room Henry VIII signed the famous treaty that changed the course of European history? As usual we had just three days and had begun to wonder if wed bitten off more than we could chew...