Balsham Manor of the bishop of Ely

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameBalsham Manor of the bishop of Ely
Alternative NamesNine Chimneys House
Historic CountryCambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely
Modern AuthorityCambridgeshire
1974 AuthorityCambridgeshire
Civil ParishBalsham

Favoured residential manor of the medieval bishops of Ely.

A manor-house in Balsham, sometimes called Balsham Hall, was recorded in 1356, when its buildings were said to be ruinous. In 1357 it had a main chamber with others adjoining, chapel, room for the steward, various offices, gatehouse, stables, granary, and other farm buildings, almost all in need of repair. In C14 Bishop Arundel visited Balsham less frequently than some other manors; his presence there is recorded only three times, but it was a target for the rebels of 1381 who broke in, burned muniments, and damaged the buildings. (VCH)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTL584510
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  • Emery, Anthony, 2000, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 2 East Anglia, Central England and Wales (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 154
  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 176
  • Wright, A.P.M. (ed), 1978, VCH Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely Vol. 6 p. 129 online transcription (manorial history)


  • 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)