Quidenham Bishops Palace

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop)

There are earthwork remains

NameQuidenham Bishops Palace
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishQuidenham

This location is thought to be the site of the palace of the East Anglian bishops, given to them sometime before 1066. Surviving earthworks take the form of a series of incomplete ditched enclosures and a pond-like depression. Some brick and tile fragments have also been recovered as further evidence of this building. Metal detecting at this site in 1993 and 1996 has recovered a diverse range of finds including a Saxon girdle hanger, three medieval buckles and a sword-belt fastener and a post medieval lead cloth seal. (Norfolk HER)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTM024889
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  • Cushion, B. and Davison, A., 2003, Earthworks of Norfolk (Dereham: East Anglian Archaeology 104) p. 97
  • Blomefield, Francis, 1805, 'Hundred of Giltcross: Quidenham' An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk Vol. 1 p. 333-344 online transcription


  • 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)