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Willingham Manor of the Bishop of Ely

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Willingham.
In the historic county of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely.
Modern Authority of Cambridgeshire.
1974 county of Cambridgeshire.
Medieval County of Cambridgeshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL405706
Latitude 52.31575° Longitude 0.05928°

Willingham Manor of the Bishop of Ely has been described as a probable Palace.

There are no visible remains.


Residential manor of the medieval bishops of Ely, listed by Thompson.

In 1238 the king gave 50 oaks to the bishop of Ely to rebuild his houses at Willingham. The manor house, standing north of the church in an enclosure known later as Lordship close, was substantial enough in 1244 to accommodate the king's household. In 1357 it included a hall with chambers at its upper and lower ends, a kitchen, and other rooms called the 'knyghtchambre' and 'clerkchambre', mostly in good repair, and a dilapidated treasury and chapel. Inquisitions were held there in 1370 and 1371, but it was afterwards abandoned by the bishops, who were leasing their demesne by c. 1480. In 1592 the close contained three houses and a barn. The south-west part of the close was used to extend the churchyard in 1866. (VCH)

Despite being a substantial house in use for many centuries and being well documented nothing seems to survive and it is not recorded in PastScape or the Cambs. HER.
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