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Evercreech bishops palace and hunting lodge

In the civil parish of Evercreech.
In the historic county of Somerset.
Modern Authority of Somerset.
1974 county of Somerset.
Medieval County of Somerset.

OS Map Grid Reference: ST633375
Latitude 51.13533° Longitude -2.52739°

Evercreech bishops palace and hunting lodge has been described as a probable Palace.

There are no visible remains.


The Bishops of Bath and Wells held the manor of Evercreech from at least C11 to 1548 when it was sold. Judging by the documentary evidence there was a manor house at Evercreech from C14 and later evidence refers to several buildings with a chapel. Leland describes the site in 1545 as "demolished completely" by the previous bishop (Clerk). The location is problematic. Leland's description of the building in Evercreech and comparision with other sites would suggest a location by the church (ST650387) but Collinson states that it lay in Evercreech Park near to the later house (at given map ref). In the village is an area known as "Priors Hill" which may be the site but is associated with a hospital. (Somerset HER–ref. Payne, 1999)

The history given in Payne does mention several episodes of new building and it may be that during one of these the house moved from a position in the village to a position in the park. Payne suggests Evercreech Park was a hunting lodge, ancillary to the palace in the village, at least in origin, but may have been enlarged enough to become the palace in the C14. It is possible the older palace was retained, at least for a while, as ancillary accommodation.
See Payne (2003) for a full discussion and possible locations of palace in village.
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