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Wolsingham Manor of the Bishop of Durham

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Chapel Walls

In the civil parish of Wolsingham.
In the historic county of Durham.
Modern Authority of Durham.
1974 county of County Durham.
Medieval County of County Palatinate of Durham.

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ07693769
Latitude 54.73413° Longitude -1.88208°

Wolsingham Manor of the Bishop of Durham has been described as a certain Palace.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Traces of a moat of a residential manor of the bishop of Durham with an attached deer park. A series of earthworks adjoining the main complex at the Bishop's Manor House.

WOLSINGHAM : CHAPEL WALLS. A rectangular enclosure about 220 feet north to south by 200 feet east to west, surrounded by a bank and ditch, with, in places, a low outer bank. The ground falls slightly on all sides except the north, and the bank is most prominent on the east. Along this side runs the main road from Wolsingham to Lanchester, having to the east of it a small stream following at this point the line of the road. The north end of the enclosure has been destroyed by gardens, and its former extent is shown on the plan by a broken line. In the south- west corner is a rectangular site which appears to mark the position of a building, and near it, in the south-west angle, is a well. (VCH)

It is not clear whether they are the outer enclosures of the Manor House, or house sites from the shrunken part of the village. The remains consist of a rectangular enclosure c.220ft x 200ft surrounded by a bank and ditch with, in places, an outer bank. The north end of the enclosure has been destroyed by probable landscaping to the north where the moated manor is believed to be located. 18th and 19th century antiquarians attribute the site to a failed monastic foundation begun by Henry Pudesy, the nephew of Bishop Pudesy a late 12th century Prince Bishop of Durham. (Keys to the Past)
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