Prees Manor of Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NamePrees Manor of Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield
Alternative NamesPreess
Historic CountryShropshire
Modern AuthorityShropshire
1974 AuthorityShropshire
Civil ParishPrees

Residential manor of the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield.

Gatehouse Comments

Abandoned in 1450 and materials used to repair the other episcopal palaces. The bishops had a grant of free warren for numerous named manors, including Preess in 1259, which does suggested a residence here at that time, although it may have been a privilege obtained for the manor steward. The form of the manor house is unknown although the complete lack of remains might suggest a unfortified timber building. The given map reference is for the parish church which, by analogue, the manor house was likely to have been adjacent.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSJ557332
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  • Emery, Anthony, 2000, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 2 East Anglia, Central England and Wales (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 409-11
  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 174
  • Greenslade, M.W. (ed), 1970, VCH Staffordshire Vol. 3 p. 22-3
  • Eyton, R.W., 1859, Antiquities of Shropshire (London: John Russell Smith) Vol. 9 p. 244-59- (tenurial history) online copy

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1906, Calendar of Charter Rolls Henry III-Edward 1 1257-1300 Vol. 2. (HMSO) p. 18 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)