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Northwick in Claines manor of the bishop of Worcester

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Whistones; Wistan

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SO842581
Latitude 52.22089° Longitude -2.23270°

Northwick in Claines manor of the bishop of Worcester has been described as a certain Palace.

There are no visible remains.


Leland writes, in a list of premises belonging to the Bishop of Worcester, 'Northwick in the manor of Clains, two miles from Worcester. Until living memory Northwick belonged to John of Wodds, but was brought by a bishop because he had no house in Claines. It has a moat, and there used to be a park.'

Northwick Manor, or Palace as it was also known, was owned by the Bishop of Worcester. The earliest documentary evidence indicating its existence dates to 1476. The bishop did not live there, but used it as a temporary residence when travelling to and from various events. Often the manor was let to one of the bishop's officials and in the early 16th century the manor was leased by Thomas Wem, scribe to the Consistory Court in the 1530s. The lease held by the Wem family indicated that the manor had a moat and it also made reference a dove house, a porters house, fish ponds, pastures and a garden. By 1585 the moat and some of the fishponds had been drained and in later years alterations were made to the manor while some of the surrounding buildings were demolished and rebuilt. On a map dating to 1751, the remains of the manor were indicated, however by 1843 the only existing buildings were farm buildings. (PastScape ref. Young Archaeologists Club Worcestershire)

Map reference from Worcestershire YAC, site now under modern housing. Gatehouse thanks Kathryn Hay of the NMR for pointing this source out.
The Worcestershire and Worcester City HER has a record (WSM29981) of a field name evidence of a bishops palace/manorial site at SO847586 which probably relates to a part of the demense of this manor, rather than the site of the manor house.
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