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Bishops Frome Bishops Palace

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Cheyney Court

In the civil parish of Bishops Frome.
In the historic county of Herefordshire.
Modern Authority of Herefordshire.
1974 county of Hereford and Worcester.
Medieval County of Herefordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO664483
Latitude 52.13211° Longitude -2.49340°

Bishops Frome Bishops Palace has been described as a probable Palace.

There are uncertain remains.


The Bishop of Hereford held the manor of Bishop's Frome at Domesday, one of 20 manors in Herefordshire. There was certainly a hall and associated buildings here suitable for accommodating a bishop's retinue, as Bishop Cantiloupe stayed here a few times between 1275-82, as did Bishop Swinfield (1283-1317). It was not used as a residence after the late C13. There is nothing visible left of this house. Site cannot be located but is probably near the church, as is the case with other episcopal palaces in Herefordshire. The place-name "Court Farm" in this area may be significant. (Herefordshire HER)

Thompson identifies this site with Cheyney Court (SO66934770) where a C16/C17 barn is said to have been used as a chapel but the SMR puts the palace site near the church. However, the SMR record for Cheyney Court (7424) does suggest this was a high status site and it must be considered a possible location of the bishops palace, although no other author appear to have made the same link as Thompson.
Map reference for parish church.
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