Spaldwick Bury Close

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop)

There are earthwork remains

NameSpaldwick Bury Close
Alternative Names
Historic CountryHuntingdonshire
Modern AuthorityCambridgeshire
1974 AuthorityCambridgeshire
Civil ParishBuckden

The Manor of Spaldwick is first mentioned in C10 when it was granted to Ely Abbey. In 1109 the manor was given to the Bishop of Lincoln who held it until 1543. The bishop also had a deer park at Spaldwick.

The irregular enclosure, known as Bury Close, was probably the site of the Bishop of Lincoln's manor house or grange, but there has not been a house here for many years. Within the enclosure, at the north-west corner, is a roughly circular mound, 28m in diameter and about 1.0m high, with a shallow trench round it. This is possibly the site of a windmill, mentioned in 1609. (PastScape)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTL127728
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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. 270-1
  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 179
  • Page, Wm, Proby, Granville and Inskip Ladds, S. (eds), 1936, VCH Huntingdonshire Vol. 3 p. 97-8 online transcription
  • Inskip Ladds, S., 1926, in Page, Wm and Proby, Granville (eds), VCH Huntingdonshire Vol. 1 p. 304 view unattributed online copy



  • Taylor, C.C., 1990, 'Spaldwick, Cambridgeshire' Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society Vol. 78 p. 71-5 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)