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Melbourne Bishops Palace

In the civil parish of Melbourne.
In the historic county of Derbyshire.
Modern Authority of Derbyshire.
1974 county of Derbyshire.
Medieval County of Derbyshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK38852498
Latitude 52.82093° Longitude -1.42505°

Melbourne Bishops Palace has been described as a probable Palace.

There are no visible remains.

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


Bishops palace used by the bishops of Carlisle, constructed during C13 and demolished in 1821. The palace of the bishops of Carlisle stood within a short distance of Melbourne church on the north bank of the pool (Briggs). (PastScape)

Melbourne Hall is thought to have been the site of a bishop's palace that was possibly built in the 13th century and used by the Bishops of Carlisle as a refuge from the border troubles. It was leased out from the early 16th century, if not before. The building was in poor condition by the 1590s, at which time it is said to have been rebuilt by Sir Frances Needham. However, there is no evidence that it was entirely rebuilt, as the existence of a very irregular floorplan made in c.1710 indicates that this rebuilding was only partial. Sir Bishop of Carlisle carried out a substantial phase of rebuilding between 1629-31, as part of which he obtained permission from the Earl of Huntingdon, lord of the manor, to quarry stone from the foundations of Melbourne Castle. (Derbyshire HER ref. Stroud)

Suggested as a retreat for the Bishops used when the Scottish border country was particularly unsettled, but must also have been more often used as a stop over when travelling to London.
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