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Bishops Cannings Manor House

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Cannyngg; Canynge

In the civil parish of Bishops Cannings.
In the historic county of Wiltshire.
Modern Authority of Wiltshire.
1974 county of Wiltshire.
Medieval County of Wiltshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SU037641
Latitude 51.37607° Longitude -1.94628°

Bishops Cannings Manor House has been described as a certain Palace, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.

Description

Traces of a ditch and rampart which Archdeacon Macdonald thought were associated with this house were still discernible in 1860, possibly suggesting the presence of a moat. Plot number 377 on the tithe map (1841), just south east of St Mary's church is called Court Close and was part of Court Farm. In the absence of other evidence, this seems to be the only obvious possible location of the manor house, although this edifice does not seem to have ever been used for residential purposes by the bishop. (Payne)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1337 Aug 30 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).
A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1377 July 20.

Comments

Site of manor house. licensed in 1337 and licence ratified in 1377. A large manor of the bishops but doubt has been cast on their actually being a residence here, so close to Devizes, but possibly subsidiary accommodation. There would certainly have been a steward house which would also have been the manorial court house where rents were paid etc. One of many manors mentioned in the licence to crenellate which suggests little work was done either in 1337 or 1377 although even if just a stewards house the status as the bishops court may have resulted in some dressing up of that hall with architectural symbols of power and status.
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