Lawhitton Bishops Palace

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameLawhitton Bishops Palace
Alternative NamesSheers Barton; The White House
Historic CountryCornwall
Modern AuthorityCornwall
1974 AuthorityCornwall
Civil ParishLawhitton Rural

Site of medieval residential manor of Bishops of Exeter, small and infrequently used, occupied by late C18 house.

A residence was built in Lawhitton near Launceston circa 1106, to serve the bishops when they visited this part of Cornwall (Peter). Sheers Barton. An irregular structure with Medieval core, much altered in C18 (DOE (HHR) Launceston RD Jan 1960 5). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

According to Listed Building report there are a few medieval features in the house, but not in situ. Some of the masonry may be medieval but too much altered to suggest a floor plan.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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Historic England Listed Building number(s)
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OS Map Grid ReferenceSX354823
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  • Emery, Anthony, 2006, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 3 Southern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 549-51
  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 177
  • Elliott-Binns, L.E., 1955, Medieval Cornwall p. 302-5
  • Polsue, J (Ed.), 1867, Lake's Parochial History of Cornwall Vol. 3 p. 95-96
  • Polsue, J., 1870, A complete parochial history of the county of Cornwall (William Lake, Truro & John Camden Hotten, London) Vol. 3 p. 95-6 online copy
  • Peter, O.B., 18??, St Stephen Launceston p. 3


  • Hosier, F.A., 1971, 'Lawhitton' Journal of the Old Cornwall Society Vol. 7 p. 366


  • 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)