Terling Place

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameTerling Place
Alternative NamesRingers Farmhouse
Historic CountryEssex
Modern AuthorityEssex
1974 AuthorityEssex
Civil ParishTerling

Palace of the Bishop of Norwich, south of Terling parish church, was demolished in the early Tudor period to be replaced by a large mansion (illustrated in the Walker map of 1597), which in 1772 was replaced by the present Terling Place. (Unlocking Essex's Past)

Ringers Farmhouse at TL76171333 – There are a number of discrepancies in this building which indicate that although it was constructed on its present site in the early C16, and has been little altered since, it existed in another form on another site over 2 centuries earlier. The hall has been reduced in length, span and height; 2 tiebeams have been re-erected in reversed positions; the crownposts have been shortened, so that they now have capitals but no bases; and some of the mortices and trenches for scissor-braces are now displaced. In the Middle Ages Ringers was not an important manor; the size of this building, even in its present reduced form, and the very high quality of the front doorway and other ornament, is incompatible with such status. The available evidence indicates that this was formerly the palace of the Bishop of Norwich. The frame removed from that site in the early C16 was re-erected in reduced form at Ringers, retaining the front doorway but building a new 4-centred rear doorway. (Listing Report)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceTL775146
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  • Emery, Anthony, 2000, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 2 East Anglia, Central England and Wales (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 131
  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 181
  • RCHME, 1921, An inventory of the historical monuments in Essex Vol. 2 (central and south-west) p. 229 no. 6 online transcription
  • Morant, P., 1768, The History and Antiquities of Essex Vol. 2 p. 125


  • 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)