Sutton, Cambridgeshire

Has been described as a Rejected Palace (Bishop)

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameSutton, Cambridgeshire
Alternative NamesThe Burystead
Historic CountryCambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely
Modern AuthorityCambridgeshire
1974 AuthorityCambridgeshire
Civil ParishSutton

Emery calls this a residence of the bishops of Ely. However, the VCH gives a clear history and the manor was held by the prior and convent of Ely Priory, not the bishop.

The Burystead moat, at the west end of Sutton village, is an elongated rectangle in plan; it never had much defensive value since it is overlooked to the east. The enclosed area has not been raised and contains various slight irregularities which may have been caused by the removal of foundations. (VCH 1948). The former chapel has been externally cement rendered and now has modern doors, windows and roof. The interior has been totally redesigned as a residence. The overall effect is not pleasing and the structure is not outstanding. (PastScape)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceTL432789
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  • Pugh, R.B. (ed), 2002, VCH Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely Vol. 4 p. 161 online transcription
  • Emery, Anthony, 2000, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 2 East Anglia, Central England and Wales (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 153-4
  • Pevsner, N., 1970, Buildings of England: Cambridgeshire (London, Penguin) p. 464
  • Salzman, L.F. (ed), 1948, VCH Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely Vol. 2 p. 41


  • 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)