Stone Court

Has been described as a Certain Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameStone Court
Alternative Names
Historic CountryKent
Modern AuthorityKent
1974 AuthorityKent
Civil ParishStone

The bishops of Rochester frequently rested here on their journeys to and from London. Bishop Gilbert de Glanvill, who came to the see in 1185, rebuilt the house and buildings, which had been burnt down. Bishop Hamo de Heth, when he was here in 1333, gave orders for the building a new wall against the Thames; and in 1337, he repaired the buildings of this manor, at a great expence. (Reg. Roff. p. 11. Ang. Sacr. vol. i. p. 372, 374 In their successors, bishops of Rochester, this manor has continued ever since, being at this time part of the possessions of the right reverend the bishop of this diocese. (Sir John Young was tenant for three lives to the bishop of Rochester in Stone, anno 1660) The manor-house is situated near the church-yard. It has long been inhabited by the farmer of the demesne lands, the only remains of the antient mansion, which seems never to have been dignified with the name of a palace, is the great chimney in the centre of the present building; lord Romney is the present possessor of it. (Hasted)

Stone Court is a late C19 house, now subdivided into two private residences. A stone over a doorway in the E wall bears the date '1654'. (PastScape ref. Field Investigators Comments F1 ASP 10-NOV-64)

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ575747
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  • Emery, Anthony, 2006, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 3 Southern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 321 (mention)
  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 182
  • Flight, C., 1997, The Bishops and Monks of Rochester 1076-1214 (Maidstone: Kent Archaeological Society) p. 185
  • Hasted, Edward, 1797 (2edn), The history and topographical survey of the county of Kent Vol. 2 p. 388 online transcription


  • Pearman, A.I., Tait, G.H. and Thompson, H.P., 1918, 'Residences of the bishops of Rochester' Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 33 p. 131-54 online copy

Primary Sources

  • Register Roffensis p. 11.
  • Wharton, H., Anglia Sacra: sive Collectio historiarum, partim antiquitus, partim recenter ... Vol. 1 p. 372, 374 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)