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Hartlebury Castle

Hob Uid: 116489
Location :
Worcestershire
Wychavon
Hartlebury
Grid Ref : SO8360071240
Summary : Bishop's palace begun about 1255 and granted a licence crenellate in 1268. Most of the present building is 15th century in date, with late 17th and mid to late 18th century extensions, remodelled in the 1960s. The moat has been mutilated by landscaping, with only the west arm surviving intact. The site was captured in 1646 and the buildings largely demolished. Rebuilding work began in the late 17th century. The present house is U-shaped in plan, built of sandstone ashlar and brick with slate and tile roofs.
More information : [SO 8360 7124] Hartlebury Castle [T.I.]
Moat [G.T.] (1)

Hartelbury Castle was built in the reign of Henry III and in 1268 licence was granted to fortify it. A survey of 1648 records a water-filled moat around the castle. (2)

The Hall, Chapel and apartments west of it and a fragment of the kitchen wall appear to date from the 15th C. but are much altered.The East arm of the moat, now filled in, was once spanned by a drawbridge. The interior seems to have been enclosed by a wall, of which the North-west bastion alone remains. It probably dates from the 13th C.
The park, exant c 1540,was finally dis parked 1841. (3-4)

The exterior of Hartlebury Castle has a comparatively modern appearance. A notice states that the site has been the home of the Bishops of Worcester for over 1,000 years, and the house is open to the public. The moat has been mutilated by gardening, etc., and the West arm alone remains apparently intact. Published survey of moat (25" 1927) has been revised. (5)

Grade I: A bishops' palace, or fortified house, since the 13th century, drastically rebuilt in 1680. (6)

Hartlebury Castle. Bishop's palace. C15 with late C17 and mid to late C18 extensions and 1960s remodelling. C18 work by Henry Keene and James Smith of Shifnal. Grade I (see list for details) (6).

Little remains of a castle begun about 1255. Much was done in the C15, but in 1646 the castle was almost destroyed. Rebuilding begun in the late c17 and continued into the late C18. (7)

Additional reference. (8)

Listed by Cathcart King. (9)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 25" 1927.
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : History of Worcester I, 1781, 568 (T Nash)
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Source Number : 3
Source : The Victoria history of the county of Worcester: volume three
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Page(s) : 382
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Source Number : 4
Source : Some account of English deer parks with notes on the management of deer
Source details : English Deer Parks 1867 162 (E P Shirley)
Page(s) : 162
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JHW 16-AUG-62
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Source Number : 6
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE (HHR) District of Wychavon, Hereford and Worcester, 1985 43-4
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Source Number : 7
Source : Worcestershire
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Page(s) : 190-1
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Source Number : 8
Source : Register of parks and gardens of special historic interest in England
Source details : Hereford and Worcester (November 1986)
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Vol(s) : Part 20
Source Number : 9
Source : Castellarium anglicanum : an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the Islands. Volume II : Norfolk-Yorkshire and the islands
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Page(s) : 507
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Constructed in 1255
Monument End Date : 1255
Monument Start Date : 1255
Monument Type : Bishops Palace, Moat
Evidence : Extant Building, Demolished Building, Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : After 1268
Monument End Date :
Monument Start Date : 1268
Monument Type : Bishops Palace, Fortified House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : C15
Monument End Date : 1499
Monument Start Date : 1400
Monument Type : Domestic Chapel
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Demolished 1646
Monument End Date : 1646
Monument Start Date : 1646
Monument Type : Bishops Palace, Fortified House
Evidence : Demolished Building, Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Rebuilt late C17
Monument End Date : 1699
Monument Start Date : 1667
Monument Type : Bishops Palace
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Remodelled ca 1750
Monument End Date : 1770
Monument Start Date : 1730
Monument Type : Domestic Chapel
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Mid-late C18 alterations
Monument End Date : 1799
Monument Start Date : 1767
Monument Type : Bishops Palace
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Remodelled during 1960s
Monument End Date : 1969
Monument Start Date : 1960
Monument Type : Bishops Palace
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 400766
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SO 87 SW 2
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1528939
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 867208
Relationship type :

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SO 87 SW 2
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1962-08-16
End Date : 1962-08-16
Associated Activities : Primary, LAND AT HARTLEBURY CASTLE
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2005-01-01
End Date : 2006-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, HARTLEBURY CASTLE
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 2008-01-01
End Date : 2008-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, LAND AT HARTLEBURY CASTLE
Activity type : DESK BASED ASSESSMENT
Start Date : 2014-01-01
End Date : 2014-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, HARTLEBURY CASTLE PARK
Activity type : GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY
Start Date : 2015-01-01
End Date : 2015-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, LAND AT HARTLEBURY CASTLE
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2017-01-01
End Date : 2018-12-31