Gold Hill bishops palace

Has been described as a Questionable Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameGold Hill bishops palace
Alternative NamesGoldhill
Historic CountryDorset
Modern AuthorityDorset
1974 AuthorityDorset
Civil ParishChild Okeford

A bishop's palace or manor-house at Goldhill was considerably used by Bishop Trillek of Hereford (Parry) from 1347 to 1356. Tonkin stated that the Goldhill referred to was in the diocese of Salisbury and was probably the Goldhill (Gold Hill at ST 8313 on OS 6' 1962) situated in Child Okeford parish, about seven miles south of Shaftesbury, Dorset. (PastScape–ref Tonkin).

Gatehouse Comments

What was Tonkin's reason for suggesting this site well outside the see of Herefordshire and the family estates of the Trilleck family? Trilleck was a bishop actually noted for rarely leaving his diocese (ODNB). There are Gold Hill place names in Herefordshire at Bosbury and Eastnor, both sites of residential manors of the bishops of Hereford. Did Tonkin exclude these sites? Were these subsidiary manors to the palaces?

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceST830132
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  • Lepine, D.N., Oct 2007; online edn, May 2011, 'Trillek, John (c.1308–1360)' Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press) online version
  • Emery, Anthony, 2000, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 2 East Anglia, Central England and Wales (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 513


  • Tonkin, J.W., 1976, 'The palaces of the bishop of Hereford' Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club Vol. 42.1 p. 53-64

Primary Sources

  • Parry, J.H. (ed), 1910, Registrum Johannis de Trillek (Hereford)


  • 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)