West Wittering Manor of Bishop of Chichester

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

There are no visible remains

NameWest Wittering Manor of Bishop of Chichester
Alternative NamesWestwythtryng
Historic CountrySussex
Modern AuthorityWest Sussex
1974 AuthorityWest Sussex
Civil ParishWest Wittering

Manor of the Bishop of Chichester, but possible not a residence.

Gatehouse Comments

Included in licence to crenellate obtain by Bishop Moleynes in 1447, but as this was numerous sites probably did not result in any building. The bishop certainly had a residence in this parish at Cakeham, 1100m south east of the church, and a separate residence might seem unlikely. However the licence clearly differentiates between the two residences. A subsidiary residence, with accommodation for the bishops entourage is a distinct possibility, otherwise there would have been a stewards house but it is difficult to see why such, of itself, would be included in a list of properties given the freedom to be crenellated. Presumably whatever the nature of this building it would have been near the parish church at the given map reference.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSZ776984
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  • Emery, Anthony, 2006, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 3 Southern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 440
  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 168
  • Salzman, L.F., 1953, 'West Wittering' VCH Sussex Vol. 4 p. 217 online transcription
  • Elwes, Dudley George Cary, 1876, A history of the Castles, Mansions, and Manors of Western Sussex (London: Longmans) p. 269 online copy

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1927, Calendar of Charter Rolls 5 Henry VI - 8 Henry VIII, AD 1427-1516, with an appendix, 1215-1288 Vol. 6. (HMSO) p. 94-5 online copy


  • Payne, Naomi, 2003, The medieval residences of the bishops of Bath and Wells, and Salisbury (PhD Thesis University of Bristol) Appendix B: List of Medieval Bishop's Palaces in England and Wales (available via EThOS)