Nonsuch Park is named after the ‘unequalled’ palace built for King Henry VIII in 1538. Nonsuch Palace was the first great Renaissance building in England taking nine years to build and costing £24,000, a phenominal sum at that time.
The palace passed to King Edward VI and then Queen Mary I, who sold it to the Earl of Arundel. It returned to royal ownership during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, until it was gifted to Barbara Villiers, King Charles II extravagent mistress. Barbara Villiers sold the palace and it was demoloished for materials used to build the new local spa town of Epsom. Nothing remains of the palace today.