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Wellington Bishops Palace

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
The Court; Wellington House

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

OS Map Grid Reference: ST13562049
Latitude 50.97839° Longitude -3.23216°

Wellington Bishops Palace has been described as a Palace although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


The medieval bishops of Bath and Wells had a residence in Wellington which may have been the precursor to late Tudor building found at the Court. (Derived from Somerset HER)

The identification of Wellington, another manor of the bishopric's Domesday estate, as the location of a manor house of the bishops of Bath and Wells is based on evidence from the bishops' registers. An ordinance of Bishop William Bytton I was dated at the town in 1248. John Drokensford dated four of his register entries at Wellington, including one signed "in camera." Ralph of Shrewsbury dated a small number of documents at Wellington." Aston and Leech state that the medieval bishops of Bath and Wells had a court house at Wellington, probably the surviving fifteenth century Court in Mantle Street." It seems that the bishops did not have a residence here, but that they had provided a small manor house where the local court was held. Wellington is close to Wiveliscombe, where there is known to have been an episcopal residence, and this was probably where the bishop was staying on the dates when documents were dated at Wellington. (Payne 2003)
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