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Sawley Manor of Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Church Farm; Sawley Old Hall; Sallowe

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SK47183132
Latitude 52.87733° Longitude -1.30034°

Sawley Manor of Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield has been described as a probable Palace.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.


Residential manor of the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield. Abandoned in 1450 and materials used to repair the other episcopal residences. (Thompson; Emery)

Not specifically located by Thompson and Emery but c. 2004 'During the removal of render on the east-facing elevation of the western wing of the existing Church Farm farmhouse, sandstone masonry was observed. Features included two partial arches and a blocked opening. Sandstone masonry was also observed in the farmhouse cellar. It was clear that the sandstone masonry represented a building much earlier than the brick and rendered exterior of the buildings suggest. The masonry may date to the 12th century and it is possible that the building represented remains of a manor house in view of its proximity to the church. Groundworks adjacent to the west-facing elevation revealed further masonry surviving below ground. The nature of this masonry could suggest the presence of a projecting wing to the west.' (Derbyshire HER ref. Halsted)

Clearly this is likely to have been the bishops residence. Church Farm does not seem to be listed and it may well the significance of the building and its surroundings have not yet been properly assessed. The bishops had a grant of free warren for numerous named manors, including Sallowe in 1259.
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