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Cakeham Manor House

In the civil parish of West Wittering.
In the historic county of Sussex.
Modern Authority of West Sussex.
1974 county of West Sussex.
Medieval County of Sussex (Rape of Chichester).

OS Map Grid Reference: SZ78489757
Latitude 50.77247° Longitude -0.88844°

Cakeham Manor House has been described as a probable Palace, and also as a Fortified Manor House although is doubtful that it was such.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.


The Bishops of Chichester had a house here from the C13 to the C16. The early house had fallen into ruins by 1363, but of it there survives one bay of a C13 hall and undercroft. It was rebuilt in the C16, and of this re-building the principal survival is a tall hexagonal red brick tower, with taller stair turret, built by Bishop Sherborn about 1519. To the south of this is one contemporary bay with trefoil-headed windows with dripstones over. (Listed Building Report)

In 1447 a general licence to impark the estates of the see and to crenellate or fortify the manor-houses, including Cakeham, was granted to Bishop Adam Moleyns, but it is improbable that he made use of it before his murder in 1450.
The episcopal manor-house of Cakeham was a favourite residence of the Bishops of Chichester from the early 12th century onwards. Two of the miracles of St. Richard are associated with his presence there, and many instruments were executed here by later bishops. In 1363, however, the house was stated to be of no value, as it was ruined and roofless. Bishop Robert Sherburne early in the 16th century restored and enlarged it, building, presumably on the strength of the charter of 1447, a tower which has survived and is the most prominent feature of the existing building. (VCH 1953)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1447 Oct 28 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


Granted licence to crenellate in 1447, along with other manor houses of the see of Chichester, but no work from this time appears to survive and, given the large number of houses on the licence none may have been done or even intended to be done.
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