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Bishops Court

Hob Uid: 238037
Location :
Oxfordshire
South Oxfordshire
Dorchester
Grid Ref : SU5750094600
Summary : Medieval house, rebuilt in 1552, with 18th and 19th century additions. Possibly on the site of an earlier Bishop's Palace.
More information : [SU 575946] Bishop's Court on site of [T.I.] Bishop's Palace [L.B.] (1)

Dorchester was the see of bishops for long periods from the
time of Birinus about 635, till some time after 1070 when it
was decided to transfer the episcopal seat from Dorchester to
Lincoln. (2)

Leland writes in 1542 of courts still being kept at what was
said in Dorchester to be the bishop's palace at the NW end of
the town; and where he saw foundations of old buildings. (3)

The rectangular ancient fishpond north of the foundations of
Bishop's Court was filled in about 1892. (4)

The present house of Bishop's Court, which is reputed to
stand on the site of the bishop's palace, is an L-shaped
timber framed structure with brick filling, some of it
herringbone, and there are 18th and 19th c extensions. Interior
beams may date from the rebuilding of 1552. (5)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1960
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : VCH Oxon, 2, 1907, 1-5 (Rev. H.E. Salter)
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Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Leland, Itin., Eng & Wales 1, 1964, 118 (ed.Lucy T. Smith)
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Source Number : 4
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Berks, Bucks & Oxon. A. ch 4, 1898, 81 (W.Cozens)
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Source Number : 5
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : VCH Oxon. 7, 1962, 41 (P.H. Sawyer)
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Early Medieval
Display Date : Early Medieval
Monument End Date : 1066
Monument Start Date : 410
Monument Type : Bishops Palace
Evidence : Conjectural Evidence
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : House, Bishops Palace
Evidence : Conjectural Evidence, Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date :
Monument End Date :
Monument Start Date : 1552
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date :
Monument End Date :
Monument Start Date : 1700
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
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Monument End Date :
Monument Start Date : 1800
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Building

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SU 59 SE 5
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