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Possible Site Of Bishops Palace

Hob Uid: 249257
Location :
West Sussex
Arun
Aldingbourne
Grid Ref : SU9220005000
Summary : Possible site of bishop's palace or manor house owned by the Bishops of Chichester, in decay by 1606. Also had a park. Decoy ponds located. Alternative site suggested to the east of Tote Copse in adjacent field.
More information : (SU 924047) Bishops Palace (NR) (1)

From early times Aldingbourne was one of the chief seats of
the Bishop of Chichester, who had there a 'palace' or
manor-house and a large demesne farm. By 1606 the place was
in decay although when the manor was sold in 1648 it included
the manor house and chapel. No buildings now remain and although
the site of the 'palace' is uncertain, early maps agree with
modern tradition in placing it adjoining Tote Copse, a castle
mound (See SU 90 SW 5).

A park attached to the manor is noted in 1225 and mention is
made of its paling in the same century. Most of the large timber
had been felled before the mid-17th c and the whole was disparked
about that time. (2)

Park shown in area to SE of Aldingbourne village (a)(b)(c)(d). (3)

No traces of the park were found during fieldwork. (4)

Air photographs taken at the time of the excavation of
Tote Copse failed to reveal any signs of the Bishops Palace. (5)

No ground evidence of the Bishops Palace or the Park exists
today, but according to Mr Morris of Aldingbourne Mill, the
site of the Palace is reputed to be at SU 922050. A crop mark
on RAF, AP 60774, running in part along the parish boundary at
SU 91600418 could be the course of a park pale, but nothing
remains on the ground. (6)

Yeakell and Gardner's Map of 1778 (7a) shows decoy ponds at
SU 921043 which were destroyed by the construction of the railway
c.1880.

The lowland along Aldingbourne Rife was apparently used for wildfowling. (7b) (7)

(SU 91650485) Decoy Lane; (SU 92250435) Decoy Farm. (8)

Rectangular Crop marks centred at SU 92478 04785 as seen on Google maps, image date 6 June 2013 - interpreted as possible location for Bishop's palace/manor house (10)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1961
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : VCH Ssx 4 1953 134 & fn
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Source Number : 7
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F4 PAS 30-OCT-1971
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Source Number : 7a
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Chichester Records Office
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Source Number : 7b
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Mr R O Morris, Aldingbourne Mill
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Source Number : 9
Source : Field report on SU 90 SW 13 - 30-OCT-1971
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Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : Email correspondence 23-OCT-2014 Mr M Turner
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 CFW 05-JAN-62
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Speed's Map of Sx 1616
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Jansen's Map of Sx 1646
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Source Number : 3c
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Plan of Sx Coast Rye-Chichester (AS Mus Lewes Anon Undtd)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Bugden's Map of Susx
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 ASP 09-FEB-62
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Sx AC 107 1969 143 (T C M & A Brewster)
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F3 PAS 08-NOV-71
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Bishops Palace, Manor House, Park
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Manor House, Bishops Palace, Park, Decoy Pond
Evidence : Documentary Evidence, Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SU 90 SW 13
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 249219
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SU 90 SW 13
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1962-01-05
End Date : 1962-01-05
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SU 90 SW 13
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1962-02-09
End Date : 1962-02-09
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION SU 90 SW 13
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1971-10-30
End Date : 1971-10-30
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SU 90 SW 13
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1971-11-08
End Date : 1971-11-08