Bredon Bishops Manor

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameBredon Bishops Manor
Alternative Names
Historic CountryWorcestershire
Modern AuthorityWorcestershire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishBredon

The Manor House is mainly 18th century, and part of an earlier, timber framed, building is incorporated in its northern side. It is not of outstanding architectural interest. (Field Investigators Comments–P 28-APR-66) Bredon mansion house, called Bishop's House, was in 1563 described as very ruinous and almost fallen down for want of repair. The manor was in the possession of the Bishops of Worcester from before 1086 until 1558-9 when it passed to the Crown (VCH). (PastScape)

In 1086 the manor of Bredon with its members was in the possession of the Bishop of Worcester. By 1118 the bishop had increased his demesne lands at Bredon by 3 hides, and in 1254 and 1255 free warren was granted to him there. In 1275 the Bishop of Worcester complained that the Earl of Warwick had impeded him from having free warren at Bredon, and had tried to get possession of his demesne lands there, and in the same year certain persons (unnamed) came to the bishop's manor of Bredon, assaulted his servants, and carried away his goods. The manor remained in the possession of successive Bishops of Worcester until under the Act of 1558–9. (VCH)

Bredon manor had a great hall, at least six chambers, a chapel, kitchen, brewhouse, bakehouse, dresser (for meat preparation), and two stables. The farm buildings which lay to the south-west round a courtyyard included a granary, byre, stable, sheepcote, pigsty, poultry house, and dovecote, with a barn on the west side built by bishop Bransford which still stands. (Emery)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceSO919370
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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
  • Dyer, C., 1980, Lords and Peasants in a Changing Society: The Estates of the Bishopric of Worcester, 680-1540 (Cambridge University Press)
  • Page, Wm and Willis-Bund, J.W. (eds), 1913, VCH Worcestershire Vol. 3 p. 282-3, 501 online transcription


  • 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)