Sudbury Court

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameSudbury Court
Alternative NamesHarrow
Historic CountryLondon and Middlesex
Modern AuthorityLondon Borough of Brent
1974 AuthorityGreater London
Civil ParishWembley

Residence of Archbishops of Canterbury. It was here that Thomas Becket resided during his banishment from Court. Probably site was Sudbury Court Farm demolished in 1957. Replaced by Headstone Manor as the Archbishops of Canterbury main Middlesex residence.

Sudbury manor in the Middle Ages comprised about 620 a. and a grange, which may have been the archbishop's original residence since it included a chapel. It was leased out from the late 14th century and afterwards divided into several farms, of which Sudbury Court Farm remained the most important. Although there were traces of an earlier building, the farm-house which stood on the north side of Sudbury Court Road until its demolition in 1957 dated from the late 16th or early 17th century, with additions made in the 18th century, 1842, and 1888. (VCH)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ163863
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  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 171
  • Cockburn, J.S. and Baker, T.F.T. (eds), 1971, VCH Middlesex Vol. 4 p. 203-11 online transcription
  • RCHME, 1937, An inventory of the historical monuments in Middlesex (HMSO) p. 132 no. 2 online transcription


  • 1957, 'Plans of Excavations 1957' Wembley History Society Journal Vol. 1 (new series)