Preston Manor of Bishop of Chichester

Has been described as a Certain Palace (Bishop), and also as a Certain Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NamePreston Manor of Bishop of Chichester
Alternative Names
Historic CountrySussex
Modern AuthorityBrighton and Hove; City of
1974 AuthorityEast Sussex
Civil ParishBrighton

Residential manor of the Bishop of Chichester. (Thompson)

Preston Manor is largely a 1738 rebuilding with C19/20 additions, but the ground floor incorporates remains of an earlier building including two originally external square-headed stone Jacobean doorways with moulded architraves. Of two round-headed 'interior doorways one is of late date, the other, with a moulded stone surround, may be of C13 date and in situ. Building survey in 1999 carried out by Archaeology South East recorded that the earliest recognizable fabric was c1600 and little of this survived the early C18 rebuild. However it is likely that due to its position adjacent to the church this was the site of the medieval manor. (East Sussex HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Included in licence to crenellate numerous properties obtain by Bishop Moleynes in 1447 from which actual building work was probably not done. It can be assumed, with relative safety, that Preston Manor was the site of the bishops residence although the lack of remains does suggest this was not a large or often used residence.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ303064
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  • Emery, Anthony, 2006, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 3 Southern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 440
  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 168, 173

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1927, Calendar of Charter Rolls 5 Henry VI - 8 Henry VIII, AD 1427-1516, with an appendix, 1215-1288 Vol. 6. (HMSO) p. 94-5 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)