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Northwick in Blockley manor of the bishop of Worcester

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;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

In the civil parish of Blockley.
In the historic county of Worcestershire.
Modern Authority of Gloucestershire.
1974 county of Gloucestershire.
Medieval County of Worcestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP16483489
Latitude 52.01224° Longitude -1.76125°

Northwick in Blockley manor of the bishop of Worcester has been described as a certain Palace.

There are no visible remains.

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


Immediately south of the Church. Site of the mediaeval summer palace of the Bishops of Worcester. Rebuilt before 1539 and remodelled in C18. Irregular, 2 storeys and attics; built in coursed rubble with stone tile roofs; coped verges; numerous chimneys. 3:1:2:1:2 windows - central 2 windows flanked by gabled projections, 2 windows deep. Mostly glazing bar sash windows, right hand gable with mullioned windows. Tudor arch doorway with carved spandrels in link section between gables; another to right of right hand gable, 6 panelled in a cast-iron porch. (Listed Building Report)

Burhred, King of the Mercians, granted a monastery at Blockley in 855 to Aelhun, Bishop of Worcester, who paid 300 solidi of silver for it. Liberties of an archaic kind were granted with the estate to the bishop. This gift was confirmed in the grant of the hundred of Oswaldslow to the church of Worcester made by the so-called charter of King Edgar.
At the time of the Domesday Survey the Bishop of Worcester held 38 hides belonging to the manor of BLOCKLEY, including 1 hide at Iccomb which was appropriated to the support of the monks. During the early part of the 12th century Ditchford, which had been held in 1086 by Richard, was added to the bishop's demesne together with 1 hides of land which had previously belonged to Ansgot.
The woodland belonging to the manor of Blockley was described at the time of the Domesday Survey as 'half a league in length and in width,' but the date of its inclosure as a PARK is uncertain. Walter Cantilupe, Bishop of Worcester, obtained a grant of free warren in Blockley from Henry III in 1248, and this grant was afterwards confirmed and extended. His successor, Godfrey Giffard, who cared as little as Chaucer's monk for 'the text . . . that seyth that hunters ben nat hooly men,' seems to have been the first to stock the park with deer. In 1277 he obtained for that purpose a gift from Edward I of twenty bucks and does from the neighbouring forest of Wychwood. There is more than one reference to the deer kept in this park during the next three centuries, but after the Reformation the stock seems to have been allowed to decline (VCH 1913)
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