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Whitbourne Court

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO72645683
Latitude 52.20954° Longitude -2.40297°

Whitbourne Court has been described as a certain Palace, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.

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


The site is that of a manor house of the Bishop of Hereford. It is largely C18 and C19, but incorporates some medieval and C17 work including early C17 panelling and fireplace and overmantel with fluted pilasters. The roof of the central block incorporates C16 or earlier work. It is of irregular plan, faced in roughcast with slate roof. Front of five unequal gables one of which is hipped. Two storeys. Various sash windows, fielded panel door with windows to sides (Listed Building Report)

Medieval moated site, a palace or manor house of the Bishops of Hereford, built in a park which was disparked in 1620. The present house is mainly C18/C19 but contains some Medieval and C16 remains. The north-western side of the moat has been filled, but much of the rest, its island and a small pond to the south-east are extant. (PastScape)

Whitbourne Court: so many additions to orig building that nothing outstanding remains. Harrington excavated area in garden ESE of house early 1920s & discovered walling which is prob foundations of Bishops Palace. No trace remains on surface. Only 3 arms of moat remain, NW arm filled in. NE arm contained by bank 0.7m high & 3.4m deep to water. Outer scarp rises 2.0m out of moat, which orig went around S & E sides of island. Island created early 1800s. Causeway appears at SO72645678 whenever moat drained, does not connect with present inner bank. House stands on site of manor house of Bishops of Hereford. V largely modern building, but incorporates some work in central range which may be medieval, & block of masonry in N wing is perhaps same age. Inside building S room, above hall, lined with E C17 panelling, fireplace has fluted side pilasters, middle bay has oval panel with straps....some reused C17 doors. Roof of central block incorporates work of C16 or earlier, incl 2 trusses with curved braces & cambered collars. Moat encloses oval island, except on W side where filled. Traces of inner bank on NE side of island (RCHME). Dr Bisse (d 1721) last to use palace. Greater part of house has lately been built of brick, stands on site of Bishops Palace, loft which now remains still called Birche's Hole (Col B concealed himself from royalists). Bishops had palace here built of stone, built in pleasant park, part of which supposed to be vineyard. Enclosed & converted 1620. Palace defended by deep moat (part of which remains) with drawbridge etc. (Duncumb). (Herefordshire SMR)

Bishops had palace here built of stone, built in pleasant park, part of which was supposed to be vineyard. The circular moat is notably strong.
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