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Cropredy Bishops Manor

In the civil parish of Cropredy.
In the historic county of Oxfordshire.
Modern Authority of Oxfordshire.
1974 county of Oxfordshire.
Medieval County of Oxfordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP468464
Latitude 52.11408° Longitude -1.31774°

Cropredy Bishops Manor has been described as a probable Palace.

There are no visible remains.


Thompson lists as a residential manor of the bishop of Lincoln.

Manor Farm (PRN 10410) stands on the west side of a ditched quadrilateral enclosure cut into gently sloping ground on west side of Cherwell Valley. Shows evidence of internal bank at NE corner and north side. A vague, ill-defined depression to the north could be the remains of an associated fishpond, but this is not clear. Manor Farm (dated 1693) 'Partly surrounded by a moat belonging to an earlier house' (Oxfordshire HER)

Cropredy is specified among the possessions of the see of Lincoln in papal confirmations of 1126, 1139, 1149, and 1163. (Reg. Antiquiss. i. 189, 191, 194, 203) In 1329 Bishop Henry received a grant of free warren in his demesnes in Cropredy and elsewhere. (Cal. Chart. R. 1327–41, 117) In the fiscal year 1540–1 the bishop's temporalities in Cropredy rendered £29. (Beesley, Hist. Banbury, 204)

The grant of free warren may suggest this was a residential manor, although such a liberty may just have been a benefit for the manorial steward (stewards were often from gentry family).
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