Hevingham Bishop's Palace

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop)

There are earthwork remains

NameHevingham Bishop's Palace
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorfolk
Modern AuthorityNorfolk
1974 AuthorityNorfolk
Civil ParishHevingham

This moated bishops' palace was built in 1250 by Walter de Suffield, Bishop of Norwich. It was used by other bishops until the ownership of the land passed to the Crown between 1500 and 1525. Part of the moat was still water filled when the earthworks were surveyed in 1981. Fieldwalking and metal detecting have recovered many medieval and post medieval finds including a medieval copper alloy horse harness pendant with the heraldic design of the Bishopric of Norwich. (Norfolk HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Park Farm House on site reuses some stone from the palace. Possibly included in the general licence to crenellate said to issued to the bishop of Norwich for all his manor houses in 1327.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

Historic England Scheduled Monument Number
Historic England Listed Building number(s)
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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTG204208
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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. 131
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1906, VCH Norfolk Vol. 2 p. 252-3 online copy
  • Blomefield, Francis, 1807, 'Hundred of South Erpingham: Hevingham' An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk Vol. 6 p. 375 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)