The land on which Fulham Palace stands can be traced back as far as 700AD, when ownership passed on to the Bishop of Waldhere. The land was passed on and remained with Bishops until 1973. During the 17th century Bishop Compton imported several new plant species to the gardens at Fulham Palace and cultivated some flora and fauna found in Britain today- including the Magnolia. Many of the trees in and around Fulham Palace remain from this time and visitors can still see the herb garden and Wisteria which survive in the Palace's walled gardens. The grounds originally covered more than thirty acres- though only twelve remain property of the Palace. Fulham Palace is secluded from the Thames by a thicket of trees and has remained an attraction that is unsullied by a huge influx of tourism- despite the sites fascinating history. Relatively recent excavations by the Fulham Archaeological Rescue Group have revealed the remains of several former large scale buildings and even evidence of Neolithic and Roman settlers. Part of the nineteenth century section of the Palace houses the Fulham Palace Museum which exhibits many paintings which adorned the walls of the palace. Visitors can also tour Bishop Howley's dining area and the Porteous Library. There is no admission fee for the grounds or the museum.