Penryn Bishops Palace

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NamePenryn Bishops Palace
Alternative Names
Historic CountryCornwall
Modern AuthorityCornwall
1974 AuthorityCornwall
Civil ParishPenryn

Medieval bishops palace in Penryn, situated across the road from the Glasney College. After the Reformation the building and chapel became ruinous and were finally demolished in early C19. There is now a modern house on the site, in the garden of which are a number of Medieval carved stones. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Small and infrequently used. Had deer park. An adjunct to Glasney College and presumably dates from the foundation of the College in 1265.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSW784342
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  • Elliott-Binns, L.E., 1955, Medieval Cornwall p. 302-5
  • Peter, Thurstan C., 1903, The History of Glasney Collegiate Church, Cornwall (Camborne) online copy


  • Henderson, C., 1955, Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall Vol. 2 p. 48-9
  • Rashleigh, J. and Vincent, J.A.C., 1879, 'Abstract of the Glasney Cartulary' Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall Vol. 6 p. 216-263 online copy
  • Sowell, Rev C.R., 1865, 'Collegiate Church of St Thomas of Glasney' Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall Vol. 1 Part 3 p. 21-34


  • Kate Newell, October 2005, Cornwall & Scilly Urban Survey: Penryn (Cornwall County Council) Download copy
  • 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)