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Bishops Palace

Hob Uid: 194130
Location :
Grid Ref : ST4102047880
Summary : Remains of a moat and possible site of 13/14th century manor house.
More information : [ST 41024788] - sited from map. An orchard lying behind
the junction of the village street, and Blacksmith's Lane, Blackford,
is traditionally known as 'the Bishop's Palace'. The east and west
sides of a moat approximately 300 ft. across, still contain water.
Excavations within and across the moated area by I.M. Rendell from
1955/57, revealed parts of a stone floor, rotted wall trenches,
roofing materials (including nails), 13th/14th cent. pottery, a
silver penny of Edward I, and three pieces of R.B. pottery.
See AO/LP/64/557 plan of Excavation

Rendell concludes from contemporary bishops' registers etc., that
this is the site of a late 13th/14th cent. episcopal manor house,
demolished by Bishop John Harewell in 1380-90. (1)

Only the moat and slight unsurveyable traces of banks within the
moated area remain. The moat, bounded on the western side by a hedge
and dry apart from a pond in the S.W. corner, has been partially
filled in by rubble on the eastern side.

Surveyed at 1:2500. (2)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source details : P. Som. A. & N.H.S., 107, 1963, 72/8, plan, (I.M. Rendell).
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Source Number : 2
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 ANK 10-JUL-66
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Manor House, Moat
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Uncertain
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Monument End Date :
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Monument Type : Moat
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Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : SO 456
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 10879
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : ST 44 NW 14
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, BLACKFORD MANOR HOUSE
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1955-01-01
End Date : 1957-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON ST 44 NW 14
Start Date : 1966-07-10
End Date : 1966-07-10
Associated Activities : Primary, BLACKFORD MANOR, WEDMORE
Start Date : 2001-01-01
End Date : 2001-12-31