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Remains of Bishops Palace at Palace Farmhouse

A Grade II* Listed Building in Chudleigh, Devon

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Latitude: 50.5985 / 50°35'54"N

Longitude: -3.604 / 3°36'14"W

OS Eastings: 286572

OS Northings: 78872

OS Grid: SX865788

Mapcode National: GBR QR.1PQJ

Mapcode Global: FRA 37BH.9R3

Entry Name: Remains of Bishops Palace at Palace Farmhouse

Listing Date: 23 August 1955

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1317585

English Heritage Legacy ID: 85335

Location: Chudleigh, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ13

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Chudleigh

Built-Up Area: Chudleigh

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Chudleigh St Martin and St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

SX 87 NE
4/78 Remains of Bishops Palace at
Palace Farm


Remains of Bishop's Palace. Medieval. Local grey limestone rubble, partly roofed
over with corrugated iron on trusses with a 1950's date.
The scheduled site suggests extensive remains below ground. The most substantial
remains above ground consist of a partly 2-storey block incorporating walling which
continues as the west boundary wall of the garden in front of Palace Farm. The plan
of this block includes, at ground floor level, 2 vaults, 1 with a rounded and 1 with
a pointed arch. At the north end these vaults are completed by a section of wall
(probably at one time external) with a well-finished plinth that rises at the west
end. The wall has a blocked, deeply-splayed arched window and the remnants of a
stone newel stair. To the north of this wall and parallel to it, a second section
of wall extends as re garden boundary wall, and contains several deeply splayed slit
windows, mostly blocked.
The relationship between the surviving remains above ground and what may be below
ground remains conjectural.
The Bishop of Exeter had selected a site in Chudleigh for a rural palace as early as
1080 and the "See's ownership is confirmed some hundred years later in an undated
charter of Bishop Bartholomew (1165 -1184)" (Crockett). In 1550 Bishop Veysey was
obliged to alienate the properties and rights pertaining to Chudleigh which were
dispersed into secular ownership. The building above ground is clearly part of a
site of major historical and archaeological interest.

Listing NGR: SX8657278872

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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