Edington Priory

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop), and also as a Possible Fortified Ecclesiastical site

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameEdington Priory
Alternative NamesEdyndon
Historic CountryWiltshire
Modern AuthorityWiltshire
1974 AuthorityWiltshire
Civil ParishEdington

Founded in 1351 by William of Edington, Bishop of Winchester, as a collegiate chantry. It was converted into a Bonhommes monastery in 1358 by the founder. It was badly damaged in Jack Cade's rebellion of 1450, when the Bishop of Winchester was dragged from the church and murdered. It surrendered in 1539, and most of the buildings were destroyed by 1579. Several features are still visible, these including fishponds, fragments surviving in the Priory, monastic gardens, the Conduit House, and the church. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

The rector and friars, at the request of Bishop Edington, were issued a pardon for crenellating without licence in 1360. (A pardon does not mean the building was built without permission.) It is possibly Bishop Edington was intending part of the Priory to be a residence for himself. Although several of C15 bishops did sign documents and perform ordinations at Edington does not seem to have been a residential manor of the bishop of Salisbury as implied by Thompson and as stated by Morewood.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

Historic England Scheduled Monument Number
Historic England Listed Building number(s)
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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceST926533
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  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 167, 184
  • Knowles, David and Hadcock, R. Neville, 1971, Medieval religious houses in England and Wales (Longmans)┬áp203
  • Pugh, R.B. and Crittall, Elizabeth (eds), 1956, 'House of Bonhommes: Edington' VCH Wiltshire Vol. 3 p. 320-24 online transcription
  • Morewood, Caroline C., 1910, 'Introductory Chapter' in Rait, R.S. (ed), English Episcopal Palaces (Province of Canterbury) (London; Constable & Co) p. 25 online copy
  • Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 416 online copy


  • Coulson, C., 1982, 'Hierarchism in Conventual Crenellation: An Essay in the Sociology and Metaphysics of Medieval Fortification' Medieval Archaeology Vol. 26 p. 69-100 see online copy
  • Brakspear, H., 1935-7, 'Edington Monastery' Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine Vol. 47 p. 7-19 online copy
  • Jackson, S.E., 1881-2, 'Edingdon Monastery' Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine Vol. 20 p. 241-306 online copy

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1911, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward III (1358-61) Vol. 11 p. 290, 297-8 online copy


  • Historic England, 2016, Heritage at Risk South West Register 2016 (London: Historic England) p. 229 online copy
  • Historic England, 2015, Heritage at Risk South West Register 2015 (London: Historic England) p. 230 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2014, Heritage at Risk Register 2014 South West (London: English Heritage) p. 243 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2013, Heritage at Risk Register 2013 South West (London: English Heritage) p. 232 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2012, Heritage at Risk Register 2012 South West (London: English Heritage) p. 237 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2011, Heritage at Risk Register 2011 South West (London: English Heritage) p. 216 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2010, Heritage at Risk Register 2010 South West (London: English Heritage) p. 213 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2009, Heritage at Risk Register 2009 South West (London: English Heritage) p. 213 online copy
  • Payne, Naomi, 2003, The medieval residences of the bishops of Bath and Wells, and Salisbury (PhD Thesis University of Bristol) p. 28-9 (available via EThOS)