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Colwall Bishops Palace

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO73914230
Latitude 52.07626° Longitude -2.39473°

Colwall Bishops Palace has been described as a probable Palace.

There are no visible remains.

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


The present building dates from about 1630. It replaces an earlier one that was burnt down. The Bishops of Hereford had a palace at Bosbury. When they went hunting in Colwall Chase they stayed at the Colwall Lodge. (Herefordshire SMR)

A Bishop's Palace at Colwall (SO 7342) was used by Bishop Charlton, 1327-44, but went out of use after 1356. "Part of the present house is 16th century in date, but there do not appear to be any remains of the bishop's palace." (Tonkin). (PastScape)

The medieval Bishops of Hereford had a chase on the westerly side of the Malvern Hills for rearing and hunting deer. Despite challenges to the bishops' ownership, the chase remained in their hands until 1563, when an Act of Exchange with Queen Elizabeth led to it being added to Malvern Chase, already owned by the Crown. In 1563 the Chase was 619 acres in area, a large portion having been lost in 1460 when Richard de Beauchamp acquired it for the park he was creating around Bronsil Castle. (Anon, 2008, The Medieval Manor, Park Farm)
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