Bibury Bishops Manor

Has been described as a Certain Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameBibury Bishops Manor
Alternative NamesBeybiri
Historic CountryGloucestershire
Modern AuthorityGloucestershire
1974 AuthorityGloucestershire
Civil ParishBibury

A residential manor and court of the medieval bishops of Worcester.

Gatehouse Comments

After 1151 the bishop of Worcester permitted Oseney Abbey to act and benefit on his behalf regarding the court. This suggests the manor was not residential after this time. However a grant of free warren was given in 1254 which may suggest a re-occupation by the bishop or, more likely since this was general grant to all the bishops manors, a added privilege for the manorial steward. Presumably Bibury Court was on, or near to, the site of the manor house. Bibury Court has been alleged as the site of a monastery but this may be a misunderstanding of the role of Oseney Abbey.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceSP118064
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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. 466
  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 187
  • Herbert, N.M. (ed), 1981, VCH Gloucestershire Vol. 7 p. 21-44 online copy
  • Dyer, C., 1980, Lords and Peasants in a Changing Society: The Estates of the Bishopric of Worcester, 680-1540 (Cambridge University Press)
  • Knowles, David and Hadcock, R. Neville, 1953, Medieval religious houses in England and Wales (Longmans)

Primary Sources

  • Lyte, H.C. Maxwell (ed), 1908, Calendar of Patent Rolls (1247-58) p. 345 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)