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Exeter Bishops Palace and Cathedral Close

In the civil parish of Exeter.
In the historic county of Devonshire.
Modern Authority of Devon.
1974 county of Devon.
Medieval County of Devon.

OS Map Grid Reference: SX92159250
Latitude 50.72209° Longitude -3.52922°

Exeter Bishops Palace and Cathedral Close has been described as a certain Palace, and also as a probable Fortified Ecclesiastical site.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


The Bishop's Palace at Exeter (while originating presumably with the Norman cathedral in C12) is mostly of 1848, by E Christian. The only medieval parts showing are the masonry of the hall, north and east walls and screen, the Chapel of St. Faith (in the north east side of the part of the palace nearer to the cathedral; alternatively and less accurately given as dedicated to St. Mary (Rose-Troup)) which was dedicated between 1224 and 1244, the early C13 entrance arch in the south east tower, the C15 Tower porch and the tower itself, and a re-used oriel window of 1500. The unique entry passage directly into the cathedral was originally early C16. (PastScape)

The Bishop's Palace. Retains some C13 work, the main block having originally been the Great Hall. Lower part of Entrance tower and fine internal arch of this date. C13 Chapel, restored by William Butterfield. Famous "Courtenay" mantelpiece (position moved) late C15. Many later demolitions and alterations, including virtual rebuilding in 1846-8, by Ewan Christian. Heavitree stone. Three storeys. Mullioned windows. Slate roof. Early C16 oriel window brought from demolished house in city. (Listed Building Report)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1290 Oct 30 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).
A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1322 June 23.


Licences to crenellate granted to Bishop Peter Quinel in 1290 and Bishop Walter Stapledon in 1322. Some slight remains of the cathedral close and palace buildings survive in later buildings.
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