Cheddar Manor of Ralph Bakepuz

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameCheddar Manor of Ralph Bakepuz
Alternative NamesCeddre
Historic CountrySomerset
Modern AuthoritySomerset
1974 AuthoritySomerset
Civil ParishCheddar

A licence to crenellate was granted, in 1264, to Ralph de Bakepuz, who seems to have been a royal courtier but is otherwise missing from the historical record and can not have been a significant figure.

Gatehouse Comments

His house can not have been the Cheddar palace but some other manor in the parish; there seem to have been four altogether. Unfortunately the presence of the palace has rather overwhelmed the archaeological record of the parish and the historic records are incomplete. Gatehouse has not identified Ralph's manor. The given map reference is for the parish church although it is likely that Ralph's manor was some distance from the church.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceST459529
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  • Rahtz, P., 1979, The Saxon and Medieval Palaces at Cheddar (Oxford; British Archaeological Reports British Series 65) p. 18-19
  • Collinson, J., 1791, The History and Antiquities of the County of Somerset (Bath) Vol. 3 p. 575-7 (tenurial histories) online copy

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1910, Calendar of Patent Rolls Henry III (1258-66) Vol. 5 p. 382 online copy


  • Richardson, Miranda, 2003, An archaeological assessment of Cheddar (English Heritage Extensive Urban Survey) online copy