Eccles by Sea manor of Bishop of Norwich

Has been described as a Rejected Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameEccles by Sea manor of Bishop of Norwich
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishLessingham

Residential manor of the Bishop of Norwich. Thompson writes "The village since lost to the sea" clearly referring the Eccles juxta Mare in north-east Norfolk.

Gatehouse Comments

Eccles was also a parish in south-west Norfolk now in Quidenham CP and Thompson probably meant Quidenham Palace not listed by him. Eccles is a place-name derived from ecclesia, so it may be possible that both places belonged to the bishop, although nothing in Blomefield suggests this. This is rejected as a misattribution by Thompson. Map reference given for Manor Farm, shown on 1886 OS map near lost St Mary's Church, the possible manorial centre.

- Philip Davis

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County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTG411288
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  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 181
  • Blomefield, F., 1808, 'Happing Hundred: Eccles' An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk Vol. 9 p. 293-7 (tenurial history) online transcription


  • 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) (Rejects Eccles juxta mare and states was Quidenham)