The Meaning of Nonsuch


nonesuch |ˈnənˌsə ch | (also nonsuch)



                          1) a person or thing that is regarded as perfect or excellent.

Nonsuch passed in and out of royal hands through the 17th century and was eventually broken up to be incorporated into new buildings. No trace of the palace remains on its site now, but remnants have been excavated and recovered and are on display in various locations, including the British Museum.

At Ayrshire, all horses born at the farm carry the Nonsuch title not only as a tribute to a palace in England, but to illustrate the true uniqueness of our horses, as there are nonsuch other Shires as ours.

Construction began on Nonsuch palace in 1538 as the greatest of Henry VIII’s building enterprises. It took nine years to build, and was completed at a cost of at least £24,000, a phenomenal amount for the time. It was built in Surrey after Henry destroyed the church and village of Cuddington, near Epsom.The basic plan contained inner and outer courtyards, each with a fortified gatehouse. Nonsuch was ornately decorated to compete with rival Francis I’s Chambord.

The northern side was a more medieval-style fortification, while the southern face had the Renaissance decoration intended only for display. The south side had tall octagonal towers at each end. The palace passed to Edward VI after the death of Henry, then to Mary, who sold Nonsuch to the Earl of Arundel. Later, the palace returned to the Nonsuch Palace Crown under Elizabeth when the Earl’s son-in-law sold the palace to her