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Crediton Bishops Palace

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
The Old Palace; Crideton; Cridiantun; Kirton

In the civil parish of Crediton.
In the historic county of Devonshire.
Modern Authority of Devon.
1974 county of Devon.
Medieval County of Devon.

OS Map Grid Reference: SS83710030
Latitude 50.79057° Longitude -3.65120°

Crediton Bishops Palace has been described as a probable Palace.

There are masonry footings remains.

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


Possible site of the Saxon monastery and later cathedral and palace of bishops until 1050. A richly endowed Saxon monastery, possibly dedicated to St Gregory, was founded in 739 by a grant from King Aethelheard to Forethere, Bishop of Sherborne, in which see Crediton then lay. With the division of the See of Sherborne in 909, the former Saxon monastery became the cathedral church of the new see of Crediton and remained so until the see was removed to Exeter in 1050. Its location is not precisely known, although Leland suggested it lay here, close to the later churchyard, although it may be beneath the Church of the Holy Cross. (PastScape)

The bisshop of Excester hath a maner place or palace by the chirch yarde, and to this maner place longith a parke. (Leland)

William Camden's Britannia mss. of 1586-1607 said that Crediton was then noted for the palace of the Bishop of Exeter, but Gibson in his edition of 1695 adds that there were then no traces of the bishops having been there except for the field called My Lord's Meadow. He also says that the manor had been granted to the Killegrews which Polwhele shows was done in 1595 (Polwhele).
The Old Palace, an 18th century house built round and in front of Medieval stone walls, is sometimes considered part of the Bishop's Palace, but the walls are more likely to be the remains of the Collegiate buildings.
The so-called 'Old Palace' incorporates Medieval walls. Its front is pleasant early 18th century red-brick with a trellis porch (Pevsner). (PastScape)
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