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East Horsley manor of Bishop of Exeter

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
West Horsley

In the civil parish of East Horsley.
In the historic county of Surrey.
Modern Authority of Surrey.
1974 county of Surrey.
Medieval County of Surrey.

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ09505281
Latitude 51.26398° Longitude -0.43184°

East Horsley manor of Bishop of Exeter has been described as a probable Palace.

There are no visible remains.


The Bishop's Manor in East Horsley seems to have belonged to the see of Exeter throughout the Middle Ages. It has been conjectured that the Domesday entry to the effect that 'Bishop Osbern of Exeter holds Woking' should more properly be referred to this manor, since there is no trace of any land held by the Bishop of Exeter in Woking (V.C.H. Surr. i, 300). In 1243 the bishop was summoned to show by what warrant he held the moiety of East Horsley Manor, and it was then said to pertain to his chapelry of Bosham in Sussex (Plac. Abbrev. (Rec. Com.), 118b). About the same time the manor was assessed at a quarter of one knight's fee (Testa de Nevill (Rec. Com.), 220a). Domesday Book mentions two homagers who each held four hides of the bishop, (V.C.H. Surr. i, 300) but since this is the only mention of tenants it seems reasonable to suppose that the manor was farmed for the bishop. Manning (Hist. of Surr. iii, 30) states that in the time of Henry VIII the bishop sold the manor to Henry, Marquis of Exeter; and in that case it was forfeited to the Crown with the marquis's other lands in 1538. Edward VI granted it to a certain Thomas Fisher, (Pat. 3 Edw. VI, pt. vi, m. 16) who in 1555 alienated to William Walter. (VCH)

The actual location of the manor house is not clear. There were two medieval manors in East Horsley which were united in 1689 and the seat of the combined manor, Horsely Towers, was rebuilt on a new site, along with most of the village, around 1820. Map reference is for parish church.
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