Lyddington Bede House

Has been described as a Certain Palace (Bishop), and also as a Certain Fortified Manor House

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameLyddington Bede House
Alternative NamesLiddington; Lydyngton; Luddington
Historic CountryRutland
Modern AuthorityRutland
1974 AuthorityLeicestershire
Civil ParishLyddington

The monument includes the stone walls which surround the grounds of the Bedehouse. The walls on the north western and north eastern sides, and on the south eastern side bounding the churchyard, are principally of post-medieval date. Running south from the Bedehouse, between the Bedehouse garden and the churchyard, it overlies the remains of a medieval building which lay within the palace precinct. In the southern part of the Bedehouse garden, the present wall represents a rebuilding of part of the palace's precinct wall. Part excavation in this area has demonstrated that the first precint wall was constructed in the 14th century, rebuilt on a slightly different alignment in the 15th century and finally replaced by the present wall in the 18th century. At the southern corner of the precinct is a projecting stone tower of octagonal plan which dates largely from the late 15th century. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

In Castellarium Anglicanum King writes "nothing remains but the fish-stews", however, substantial domestic remains do exist, although these only represent a small fraction of what was a large establishment.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSP875969
Latitude52.5638008117676
Longitude-0.709379971027374
Eastings487540
Northings296950
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Laitude 52° 33' 49.77" Longitude 0° 42' 33.81"

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Books

  • Cantor, Leonard, 2003, The Scheduled Ancient Monuments of Leicestershire and Rutland (Leicester: Kairos Press) p. 83
  • Salter, Mike, 2002, The Castles of the East Midlands (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 97
  • Keevill, Graham D., 2000, Medieval Palaces, An Archaeology (Stroud; Tempus) p. 78, 81, 92, 125, 129, 136, 157
  • Emery, Anthony, 2000, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 2 East Anglia, Central England and Wales (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 274
  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 10, 118, 154, 167, 179
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 418
  • Hartley, R. F., 1983, The Mediaeval Earthworks of Rutland, A survey (Leicester) p. 17
  • Liddle, P., 1983, A Guide to 20 Archaeological Sites in Leicestershire (Leicester: Leicestershire Museums, Art Galleries and Records Service) p. 32-33
  • Brown, A.E., 1975, Archaeological Sites and Finds in Rutland, a Preliminary List (Leicester: Leicester University Press) p. 17
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1935, VCH Rutland Vol. 2 p. 188-92 online copy
  • Harvey, Alfred, 1911, Castles and Walled Towns of England (London: Methuen and Co)
  • Mackenzie, J.D., 1897, Castles of England Vol. 1 p. 421 online copy
  • Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 411 online copy
  • Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1853, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 2 p. 243 online copy

Antiquarian

  • Chandler, John, 1993, John Leland's Itinerary: travels in Tudor England (Sutton Publishing) p. 379
  • Toulmin-Smith, Lucy (ed), 1907, The itinerary of John Leland in or about the years 1535-1543 (London: Bell and Sons) Vol. 1 p. 22 online copy

Journals

  • Goodall, John, 2017 March 1, 'Lyddington Palace: A perfectly-preserved grand interior of late-medieval England' Country Life online transcription
  • Creighton, O.H., 1999, 'Early Castles in the Medieval Landscape of Rutland' Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Vol. 73 p. 19-33 online copy
  • Woodfield, C. and Woodfield, P., 1981-82, 'The Palace of the Bishops of Lincoln at Lyddington' Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Vol. 57 p. 1-16 online copy
  • Simms, R., 1955, 'Lyddington Bedehouse' Archaeological Journal Vol. 112 p. 184

Guide Books

  • Woodfield, C. and Woodfield, P., 1988, Lyddington Bede House (London: English Heritage)

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1895, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward III (1334-38) Vol. 3 p. 330 online copy

Other

  • 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)
  • Creighton, O.H., 1998, Castles and Landscapes: An Archaeological Survey of Yorkshire and the East Midlands (PhD Thesis University of Leicester) p. 516-7 online copy