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Lyddington Bede House

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Liddington; Lydyngton; Luddington

In the civil parish of Lyddington.
In the historic county of Rutland.
Modern Authority of Rutland.
1974 county of Leicestershire.
Medieval County of Rutland.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP87549695
Latitude 52.56380° Longitude -0.70938°

Lyddington Bede House has been described as a certain Palace, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.

Description

The monument includes the stone walls which surround the grounds of the Bedehouse. The walls on the north western and north eastern sides, and on the south eastern side bounding the churchyard, are principally of post-medieval date. Running south from the Bedehouse, between the Bedehouse garden and the churchyard, it overlies the remains of a medieval building which lay within the palace precinct. In the southern part of the Bedehouse garden, the present wall represents a rebuilding of part of the palace's precinct wall. Part excavation in this area has demonstrated that the first precint wall was constructed in the 14th century, rebuilt on a slightly different alignment in the 15th century and finally replaced by the present wall in the 18th century. At the southern corner of the precinct is a projecting stone tower of octagonal plan which dates largely from the late 15th century. (PastScape)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1336 Nov 16 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

In Castellarium Anglicanum King writes "nothing remains but the fish-stews", however, substantial domestic remains do exist, although these only represent a small fraction of what was a large establishment.
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