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Fladbury Bishops Manor

In the civil parish of Fladbury.
In the historic county of Worcestershire.
Modern Authority of Worcestershire.
1974 county of Hereford and Worcester.
Medieval County of Worcestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO995463
Latitude 52.11503° Longitude -2.00871°

Fladbury Bishops Manor has been described as a Palace although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


At least ten vills comprised the manor of Fladbury, Worcestershire, a manor of the bishop of Worcester. A minster founded here had probably failed some time before the Conquest and the bishopric had absorbed its lands, as it had so many others. The distribution of its hidage shows that there had once been a traditional inland at Fladbury itself, the site of the minster. Around 1170 this was a typical curial centre (there was a hall there in 1299), the home of permanent estate officials like the beadle and some 'radman', of inland workers, Famuli, bovarii and cottages, and of fifteen customary tenants with yardlands, half-yardlands and 'Mondaylands', owing week-work (and providing beer). (Faith 1997)

The see of Worcester continued to hold the manor until the date of the Domesday Survey, when it paid geld for 40 hides. In the 12th century the bishop still held these 40 hides at Fladbury. Richard I freed 13 acres from essartum, and King John confirmed this grant. On 15 March 1214 he gave leave to the bishop to plough up 29 acres of his wood. In 1254 the bishop received a grant of free warren at Fladbury. The manor was confirmed to the church by Pope Gregory in 1275, and in 1291 was worth £29 6s. a year. It remained in the possession of successive Bishops of Worcester, and was in 1535 worth £53 1s. 2d. yearly. (VCH 1913)

Thompson includes this in a list of residential manors of the Bishop of Worcester. Clearly a manor of the bishopric but where is the evidence it was used residentially by the bishop? The Worcestershire and Worcester City HER seem to place the possible location as west of the parish church, in an area that looks like an infilled village green so a location north of the parish church (now occupied by an extended graveyard) may be more likely.
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