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Aldingbourne Bishops Palace

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;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

In the civil parish of Aldingbourne.
In the historic county of Sussex.
Modern Authority of West Sussex.
1974 county of West Sussex.
Medieval County of Sussex (Rape of Chichester).

OS Map Grid Reference: SU922050
Latitude 50.83497° Longitude -0.68869°

Aldingbourne Bishops Palace has been described as a certain Palace.

There are earthwork remains.

Description

From early times Aldingbourne was one of the chief seats of the Bishop of Chichester, who had there a 'palace' or manor-house and a large demesne farm. By 1606 the place was in decay although when the manor was sold in 1648 it included the manor house and chapel. No buildings now remain and although the site of the 'palace' is uncertain, early maps agree with modern tradition in placing it adjoining Tote Copse, a castle mound.
A park attached to the manor is noted in 1225 and mention is made of its paling in the same century. Most of the large timber had been felled before the mid-17th c and the whole was disparked about that time. (PastScape–ref. VCH)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1447 Oct 28 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

Presumably a successor to Tote Copse Castle. In the reign of Henry VI Bishop Moleynes obtained license to crenellate the manor house of Aldingbourne.
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