Thame Bishops Palace

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameThame Bishops Palace
Alternative NamesTame
Historic CountryOxfordshire
Modern AuthorityOxfordshire
1974 AuthorityOxfordshire
Civil ParishThame

This was primarily an administrative centre of his demense, like the house at Louth, but a hall had been built here in 1219. (Emery)

The Court House, said to have contained early Tudor timbering and oak panelling, stood, until 1891, at the east angle of the churchyard and Church Row. This was the manor-house of Old Thame and presumably replaced the 'Hall' of the Bishop of Lincoln, which was the administrative centre of his demesne in the early Middle Ages. Bishop Hugh de Welles was granted 30 pieces of timber in 1219 for making it, and one of the services of the bishop's villeins in the 13th century was to carry timber to his 'hall and grange'. The bishop's courts were held there: Court Close is still the name of a field to the south of the church, and the large barn, standing on the opposite side of the road and now called Church Barn, was in the 15th and 16th centuries called Court Barn. (VCH 1962)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSP703062
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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. 270-1
  • Lobel, Mary D. (ed), 1962, VCH Oxfordshire Vol. 7 p. 166-71 online transcription
  • Brown, J.H. and Guest, W., 1935, A History of Thame (Thame) p. 13

Primary Sources

  • Hardy, T.D. (ed), 1833, Rotuli litterarum clausarum in turri Londinensi asservati (Record Commission) Vol. 1 p. 399 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)