Hayes Court

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop)

There are earthwork remains

NameHayes Court
Alternative NamesSouthall Manor; Southall Park; Stanford le Mote; Cranford le mote
Historic CountryLondon and Middlesex
Modern AuthorityLondon Borough of Hounslow
1974 AuthorityGreater London
Civil ParishHounslow

Residence of Archbishops of Canterbury, remained in the possession of the see of Canterbury until 1545. There was almost certainly a manor-house in Hayes from an early date, as in 1095 Archbishop Anselm was ordered by the king to move to Hayes so as to be nearer Windsor. A hall, two granges, and a cattle shed are mentioned in 1398, and numerous minor repairs to the hall and other manorial buildings are recorded in the later C15. The site of the manor, presumably the house and garden, was occupied by the farmer, Richard Millett, in 1594, and in 1598 the dwelling and outhouses stood in 6 a. of land. During the early C17 the house, called Hayes Court, continued to be occupied by the Milletts. This house could have been Southall manorhouse, and not that of Hayes. This seems likely since in 1800 the 'mansion-house' of the manor of Hayes was the house called Southall Park. (VCH, 1971)

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ104783
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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, 'Hayes: Manors and other estates' VCH Middlesex Vol. 4 p. 26-9 online transcription
  • RCHME, 1937, An inventory of the historical monuments in Middlesex (HMSO) p. 12 no. 2 online transcription
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1911, 'Ancient earthworks' VCH Middlesex Vol. 2 p. 6


  • Lancaster, R., 1974, 'A moated site at Cranford' London Archaeologist Vol. 2.8 p. 200-1 online 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)