West Wycombe manor of the Bishop of Winchester

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop)

There are earthwork remains

NameWest Wycombe manor of the Bishop of Winchester
Alternative Names
Historic CountryBuckinghamshire
Modern AuthorityBuckinghamshire
1974 AuthorityBuckinghamshire
Civil ParishWest Wycombe

Residential manor of the Bishops of Winchester. (Thompson)

Probable earthworks of the original house at West Wycombe House which was identified during an English Heritage Survey of West Wycombe Park which took place in 2000-2001. The earthworks are situated at the eastern end of a ride known as the Broadwalk which is on the western approach to the lake. The ride is 33 metres in width and currently 230m in length. The building platform is defined by a north-west facing sinuous scarp 0.4 metres in height that extends over a distance of 45 metres. It is a prominent feature when viewed along the line of the drive and covers an area of at least 500 square metres. The platform seems to represent the remains of an earlier residence at West Wycombe and may be the site of a house owned by the Dormer family, and shown in this position on a map dating to 1698-1710, which was demolished and replaced by the existing house when, in 1698, the estate passed from the 2nd Earl into the ownership of the Dashwood family. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

The manor was eventually leased to the Dormer family who came to own the manor after the reformation. On this bases Gatehouse places the manor house at the site suggested for the Dormer's house in PastScape.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSU829945
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  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 186
  • James, T.B., 1990, The Palaces of Medieval England (London; Seaby) p. 88
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1925, VCH Buckinghamshire Vol. 3 p. 136-7 online transcription
  • Lysons, S. and Lysons, D.,1806, Magna Britannia: Buckinghamshire


  • 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)