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Gaywood Hall, Kings Lynn

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Gaywode

In the civil parish of Kings Lynn.
In the historic county of Norfolk.
Modern Authority of Norfolk.
1974 county of Norfolk.
Medieval County of Norfolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TF63802003
Latitude 52.75301° Longitude 0.42585°

Gaywood Hall, Kings Lynn has been described as a probable Palace, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.

Description

"In the reign of King Henry II (1154-1189), the Bishop of Norwich held Gaywood and Lynn in capite, and would not suffer the King's bailiffs or coroners to enter the lordship, where he had officers of his own, a gallows, assize of bread and beer, and other royalties. Bishop Grey built a palace on the site which is now occupied by Gaywood Hall. Some re-used material may be seen" (Messent) House, built in 1851 on the site of the medieval bishop's palace. The building has been used for various purposes since the 1930s and was extended in 1985. In 1385, Henry, Bishop of Norwich was granted a licence to crenellate his house at Gaywood. (PastScape)

A Royal licence to crenellate may have been granted in 1327 (Click on the date for details of this supposed licence.).
A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1387 Dec 29.

Comments

Licence to crenellate granted to Henry, bishop of Norwich in 1388. This licences was also the one which produced the fortified house of North Elmham. Possibly included in the possible licence to crenellate issued to the Bishop of Norwich for all his manor houses in 1327. Building work in the 1380's would seem likely, less certain for the 1320's. C19 house on site. A survey of 1487 shows it consisted of two moated enclosures, the inner containing the domestic buildings.
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