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Hereford Bishops Palace

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO510397
Latitude 52.05351° Longitude -2.71658°

Hereford Bishops Palace has been described as a certain Palace.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


Stands on south of Cathedral-cloister. The earliest part of the palace is the surviving wall of the late eleventh-century chapel which was a structure of the double-chapel type common in Germany and north France. The great hall of the palace is late C12 and was a large timber building with a stone base to the outer walls and perhaps a stone porch on the west side. It had aisles and was at least three bays long, the bay at each end, north and south, now form cross wings but may originally have formed part of the hall, in which case it would have had five bays. The first thing that strikes the visitor is the exceptionally large size of the timbers, each post must have been before carving, 4.5 feet square. An investigation was made of the building whilst empty by H.J. Powell. The report includes plans. Bishop William de Vere (1186-1198) is the most likely builder of the celebrated timber aisled hall in the Bishop's Palace. It was a sumptuous late C12 hall, a product of a new fashion. It had four-bays with side porch and an end chamber-block of three floors over a basement. The Palace complex was separated from the cathedral by a stone wall. Its main front faced west to what may have then been the main north-south route through Hereford. The main block of the palace runs north to south and is in five bays. Largely remodelled by Bishop Bisse (1713-21) who formed the present hall and cased the building in brick. The drawing room in the centre of the east side was formed by Bishop Atlay (1868-95). The only medieval feature is the stone-work at the base of the side walls. Embedded in the cross-walls and rising above C18 ceilings are substantial remains of the timber framing of C12 hall. The great hall is one of the grandest and most important of the surviving C12 timber buildings in England. (Herefordshire SMR)
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