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Coventry Bishops Palace

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Coventry.
In the historic county of Warwickshire.
Modern Authority of Coventry.
1974 county of West Midlands.
Medieval County of Warwickshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP33657905
Latitude 52.40853° Longitude -1.50672°

Coventry Bishops Palace has been described as a certain Palace.

There are no visible remains.


Bishop's palace possibly constructed during C13, demolished in 1856. (PastScape)
The Bishop's Palace, incorporated in a 'mean house' at the NE corner of St Michael's Churchyard, disappeared when Priory Street was constructed in 1856-7. The bishops do not appear to have had their own residence in Coventry before 1224-5, when the prior and convent granted Bishop de Stavensby a plot adjoining their graveyard on which a building was to be erected. In 1283, the episcopal house was delapidated, so the prior and convent granted a plot on a neighbouring site for a house to be built, with 200 marks for the existing house to be renovated and construction of additional buildings. This enlarged building may have been the 'palace' which was leased by the bishop in 1324. (PastScape–ref. VCH)
Depicted as 4 ranges around a central courtyard. (PastScape–ref Speed map)

According to Leland the bishop 'hathe an old palace in Coventrie'.

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1306 Sept 16 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


Thompson writes "Bishop Langton received, in 1306, a licence to crenellate Beaudesert, Staffs and Ashby, Northants and all episocopal palaces in England." This must include Lichfield and Coventry but probably not Chester, although it is doubtful any new work was done at Coventry at this time.
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