Hoxne manor of the bishop of Norwich

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop), and also as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameHoxne manor of the bishop of Norwich
Alternative Names
Historic CountrySuffolk
Modern AuthoritySuffolk
1974 AuthoritySuffolk
Civil ParishHoxne

Residential manor of the Bishop of Norwich. Possibly included in the licence to crenellate possibly issued to the bishop in 1327 although as this was for all his houses may not have resulted in any building work. A moated site surrounding the vicarage of St Peter and St Paul's church at the northern end of the village of Hoxne. It has been suggested that this was originally the site of the palace of the Bishops of Norwich in Hoxne, although by C14 the palace was located within New Park, on the opposite side of the road which runs past the western side of the moat. The moat ranges from about 7.5m to 12m in width and contains water. The moat borders the north and west sides of a rectangular platform measuring circa 88m north-south by 55m. (PastScape)

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTM180775
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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
  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 181
  • Wall, 1911, in Page, Wm (ed), VCH Suffolk Vol. 1 p. 611 online copy
  • Copinger, W.A., 1909, Manors of Suffolk Vol. 4 p. 50- (tenurial history) 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)