Cargoll Bishops Palace, St Newlyn East

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameCargoll Bishops Palace, St Newlyn East
Alternative NamesCargoll Farm Barn
Historic CountryCornwall
Modern AuthorityCornwall
1974 AuthorityCornwall
Civil ParishSt Newlyn East

Late C14. Killas rubble stonework with ashlar dressings. Corrugated asbestos roof replacing thatch. Plan: 7-8 bays, buttressed on east side and south end. Later subdivided into calf pens on lower floor, and grain store above. Ramp entrance to upper floor in 6th bay on west side. Buttresses with two offsets to each truss, but wider simpler buttresses square to south gable at corners, the west buttress built into later structures. North gable end rebuilt reducing last surviving bay to quarter the original width. Probably Some rebuilding of west wall, removing buttresses. Interior: Raised base cruck trusses to each bay, with blades 41 x 10am supporting square set arcade plates, but outer section tenoned to extension rafters to diagonally set ridge. Cambered collars with dropped centres stopping knee braces, all chamfered on lower arrises. Lower purlins tenoned to blades, upper purlins clasped above straight collars to extension rafters. Trusses set at 2.4m bay centres, each bay divided by intermediate trusses comprising raised base crucks and extension rafters with collars only. Long curved windbraces to each bay. Total span 5,9m, length now approx 15.25m. A rare and important building, being the only survival of the medieval palace of the Bishops of Exeter on this site, purchased by Bishop Walter Bronescombe 'the Goode' in 1269, amd held by the bishopric until 1804. A grant of a Thursday market was given in 1312. No evidence of the large prison noted by Tonkin in the C19 survives. (Listed Building Report)

The monument was descheduled on 28/8/2001. (Cornwall & Scilly HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Emery writes this is a barn of a manor brought by Bronescombe, but excludes it from his list of residential manors.

- 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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OS Map Grid ReferenceSW819563
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  • Emery, Anthony, 2006, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 3 Southern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 551n14
  • Jope, E.M. (ed), 1961, Studies in Building History: Essays in Recognition of the Work of B.H. St. J. O'Neil
  • Gilbert, C.S., 1820, An Historical and Topographical Survey of the County of Cornwall p. 677
  • Polsue, J. (Ed), 1867, Lake's Parochial History of Cornwall Vol. 4 p. 3


  • Alcock and Barley, 1972, Antiquity p. 132