Chardstock Court

Has been described as a Certain Palace (Bishop), and also as a Certain Fortified Manor House

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameChardstock Court
Alternative NamesCherdestok; Chirdestoke
Historic CountryDevonshire
Modern AuthorityDevon
1974 AuthorityDevon
Civil ParishChardstock

Former manor house of the Bishops of Salisbury. Fabric of early C14 origin, refashioned in C15/16. Fell into disrepair in C20 and interior is said to have been largely gutted and a new roof added. Stone rubble with freestone dressings. Tiled roofs with coped gable ends. Two storeys. W-shaped on plan. The original south-east wing has various medieval fragments including cusped arch two light mullion window, various re-used arched window heads and chamfered stone door frames. One doorway on north side has four centred arch with a cinquefoil blocked circular window in gable above and a fragment of a shield in apex above that. The stair tower on the north side has a quatrefoil window with a two centred arch hood mould. The north-west wing also with a new roof, two storeys, three bays, entirely refenestrated in mid C20. The south-west wing is an entirely C20 rebuild. Interior is said to have been gutted in C20 but in former list (dated 1960) the following interior features were referred to: "Newel staircase, various plank and muntin partitions, moulded ceiling beams and old fireplaces". A detached range destroyed in circa 1930 had a C15 open timber roof. It was the manor house of the Bishops of Salisbury. (Listed Building Report)

Gatehouse Comments

Licensed in 1337 and licence ratified in 1377. Parish transferred to Devon in 1896.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceST308043
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Calculate Print


  • Smith, P.L., 2013, The Bishop's Palace at Salisbury (Reading: Spire Books) p. 194-5
  • Emery, Anthony, 2006, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 3 Southern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 627-9
  • Wood, P.J. and Carter, R.W., 1999, A History of the Parish of Chardstock (Privately published by P. J. Wood, Chard)
  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 167, 168, 184
  • Pevsner, N. (Revised by Cherry, Bridget), 1989, Buildings of England: Devon (London, Penguin) p. 253
  • Hoskins, W.G., 1954, A New Survey of England: Devon (London: Collins) p. 362
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus, 1952, Buildings of England: South Devon p. 77
  • Hutchins, J., 1863, The History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset (3rd edition, corrected, augmented and improved by W. Shipp and J. Whitworth Hodson. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons) Vol. 3 p. 82
  • Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 411 online copy

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1895, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward III (1334-38) Vol. 3 p. 498 online copy
  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1895, Calendar of Patent Rolls Richard II (1377-81) Vol. 1 p. 9, 10 online copy


  • Payne, Naomi, 2003, The medieval residences of the bishops of Bath and Wells, and Salisbury (PhD Thesis University of Bristol) p. 157-64 (available via EThOS)