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Record Details

HER Number:50414
Type of record:Monument
Name:Beaudesert Bishop's Palace


The site of a Bishop's palace recorded in 1259.

Grid Reference:SK 0549 1333
Map Sheet:SK01SE
Parish:Longdon, Lichfield District
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Monument Type(s):

Associated Events:

  • EST1641 - An archaeological assessment of Beaudesert Park, Cannock Wood, February 2005. (NRHE Name - Beaudesert Park) (Ref: Report No. 197)

Full description

Beaudesert in Longdon, site of an episcopal palace, mentioned in among the bishop's possessions in 1259. Residence was still extant in 1546 when Sampson, Bishop of Lichfield, was forced to surrender the property to the king for the benefit of Sir William Paget, one of the Secretaries of State, due to financial problems. (JM, 14/04/2003) <1>

Palace possibly replaced by the present Beaudesert Hall (PRN 04215) which is described as having a late 15th core, remodelled and extended circa 1600 with further alterations of the 19th century. Or, alternatively possibly sited within Castle Ring Camp (PRN 00025) where evidence was found of a 12th/13th century 'hall'. (JM, 14/04/2003) <2> <3>

Beaudesert Hall, presumed site of Bishop's Palace from the mid-13th century until it was surrendered to the crown following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536. (LH, 09-Jul-2007) <4>

Sources and further reading

<1>SST3638 - Published Book: The Victoria History of the Counties of England. 1970. (VCH volume 3) A History of the County of Stafford, volume III.. Page 15 (Footnote 75) and Page 51.
<2>SST372 - Designation Record: Department of the Environment. Ongoing. Listed Buildings of Special Architectural or Historical Importance (Green and Blue Backs). 10/073.
<3>SST3723 - Designation Record: Department for Culture Media and Sport / English Heritage. Ongoing-2016. Scheduled Monument Designation Documents, Scheduled Monument Consents and Section 17 Management Agreements. MPP23/ AA 90528/1.
<4>SST4232 - Desk Based Assessment Report: Pat Frost (Archaeological Consultant). 2005. Beaudesert Park, Cannock Wood, Staffordshire: Cultural Heritage Assessment. Page 10.

Related records

04215Parent of: Beaudesert Hall (Building)