Laneham manor of the Archbishops of York

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameLaneham manor of the Archbishops of York
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNottinghamshire
Modern AuthorityNottinghamshire
1974 AuthorityNottinghamshire
Civil ParishLaneham

At Laneham a manor house belonging to the Archbishop of York and containing a chapel is listed under "vanished churches of which the sites are known". (TTSH, 1942) It is recorded that Archbishop Corbridge died in this house on 22nd September 1304 (VCH) What could be the remains of a moat are shown on OS 1:2500 1885, but is now a pond at SK 80127630 on OS 6" 1956. Local enquiries at Church Laneham were negative regarding the site of the former manor house. There is no mention in the parish church of any local possessions of the See of York and inspection of maps held by the County Record Office was also fruitless. The suggested "moat" remains have been ploughed out and are now under crop; this field was deep ploughed last winter (1972/73) for the first time, the farmer states that no foundations were encountered and no archaeological finds were made (Field Investigators Comments–F1 FDC 24-JUL-74). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

The archaeological field investigator FDC seems fairly dismissive of there being an episcopal residence here but the historical evidence of letters being written from Laneham and the location, near the River Trent are clear although clearly the palace was modest and of timber.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSK801763
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  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 188
  • Niemeyer, N., 1911, 'Introductory Chapter' in Rait, R.S. (ed), English Episcopal Palaces (Province of York) (London; Constable & Co) p. 5 online copy
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1910, VCH Nottinghamshire Vol. 2 p. 55 online copy


  • 1942, Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire Vol. 46 p. 72


  • 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)