Langley Marish royal manor

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop/Royal)

There are no visible remains

NameLangley Marish royal manor
Alternative Names
Historic CountryBuckinghamshire
Modern AuthorityBuckinghamshire
1974 AuthorityBuckinghamshire
Civil ParishWexham

The first known reference to Langley park appears in 1202 when King John granted Richard Mountfichet 100 deer to restock the park. The manor was granted to Christine de Marisco in 1285 by Edward I and the name, De Mariscoll, became standardised to Langley Marsh. The park was mentioned in a grant by Richard II in 1483. Catherine of Aragon lived here in the early C16 and in 1551 the park was given by Edward VI to his sister, Princess Elizabeth. In 1603 the first map appears showing various woodland enclosures with extensive areas of 'Laune'. (Bucks HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Royal manor for most of C14 and C15, mainly held by queens in dower. Was moated. Thompson records this as a residential manor of the Archbishop of Canterbury but Gatehouse can find no evidence to support this. The descent of the manor is recorded in the VCH.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ009816
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  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 171
  • Colvin, H.M., Brown, R.Allen and Taylor, A.J., 1963, The history of the King's Works Vol. 2: the Middle Ages (London: HMSO) p. 979
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1925, VCH Buckinghamshire Vol. 3 p. 294, 296, 321-2 online transcription


  • Cantor, L.M. and Hatherly, J., 1977 'The medieval parks of Buckinghamshire' Records of Buckinghamshire Vol. 20.3


  • 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) (rejects Thompson identification)