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Wykes by Ipswich manor of the Bishop of Norwich

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Wykes Bishop; Bishop Wycks; Wyke Bishops; Holywells Park

In the civil parish of Ipswich.
In the historic county of Suffolk.
Modern Authority of Suffolk.
1974 county of Suffolk.
Medieval County of Suffolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TM17604355
Latitude 52.04792° Longitude 1.17194°

Wykes by Ipswich manor of the Bishop of Norwich has been described as a certain Palace, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.


Residential manor of the Bishop of Norwich.

Large quadrilateral moat (of about 1 ha or 6 acres), connected to a linear series of ponds. Wykes Bishop was originally an outlying grange belonging to Queen Edith (in 1066)(Redstone). It was later granted by Richard I to John Oxenford, Bishop of Norwich. It is (incorrectly?) claimed the Bishops of Norwich subsequently had a manor house or palace here. In 1535 it passed to the Crown and was regranted in 1545 to Sir John Jermie. It is also claimed there is some possibility of a church or chapel here (Clarke). A moat first recorded in a bailiff's account of 1515 though there is no mention of any buildings on the site. Documentary search has failed to locate any evidence for a manor house or palace, though there is a 1515 reference to a barn or grange near the site of the moat. The named 'Holywells' was a 19th century invention - the area was previously known as hollow wells. The Park did not exist before the 19th century. Details in (Breen). (Suffolk HER)

A Royal licence to crenellate may have been granted in 1327 (Click on the date for details of this supposed licence.).


Possibly included in the licence to crenellate possibly issued to the bishop in 1327 although as this was for all his houses may not have resulted in any building work. However, c.1314 bailiffs Stace and le Rente led a force of burgesses to the Bishop of Norwich's manor at Wykes Bishop, disrupted the holding of a leet court there, and rescued a horse that the Bishop's steward had arrested, so possible that here, at least, some work was done to fortify the manor house.
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