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West Wittering Manor of Bishop of Chichester

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;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

In the civil parish of West Wittering.
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: SZ776984
Latitude 50.78002° Longitude -0.89934°

West Wittering Manor of Bishop of Chichester has been described as a probable Palace, and also as a Fortified Manor House although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.

Description

Manor of the Bishop of Chichester, but possible not a residence.

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

Comments

Included in licence to crenellate obtain by Bishop Moleynes in 1447, but as this was numerous sites probably did not result in any building. The bishop certainly had a residence in this parish at Cakeham, 1100m south east of the church, and a separate residence might seem unlikely. However the licence clearly differentiates between the two residences. A subsidiary residence, with accommodation for the bishops entourage is a distinct possibility, otherwise there would have been a stewards house but it is difficult to see why such, of itself, would be included in a list of properties given the freedom to be crenellated. Presumably whatever the nature of this building it would have been near the parish church at the given map reference.
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