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Blackford Bishops Palace

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Paradise Field

In the civil parish of Wedmore.
In the historic county of Somerset.
Modern Authority of Somerset.
1974 county of Somerset.
Medieval County of Somerset.

OS Map Grid Reference: ST41024788
Latitude 51.22705° Longitude -2.84601°

Blackford Bishops Palace has been described as a probable Palace.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Orchard lying behind the junction of the village street and Blacksmith's Lane is traditionally known as "The Bishop's Palace". Comprise the E and W sides of a moat c300ft across, still containing water. Excavations within and across the moated area revealed parts of a stone floor, robbed wall trenches, roofing materials (including nails), C13-C14 pottery, a silver penny of Edward I, and three pieces of RB pottery. The excavator concluded from contemporary registers etc that this is the site of a late C13-C14 episcopal manor house, demolished by Bishop John Harewell in 1380-90. In 1966 only the moat and slight unsurveyable traces of banks within the moated area remain. The moat is bounded on the W side by a hedge and is dry apart from a pond in the SW corner which has been partially filled in by rubble on the E side. A resistivity survey showed a complex of buildings (over 50m long) in the northern part of the moated area. The main approach appears to have been from the south through a gatehouse from which a path leads across the platform to the building. There is also evidence for a wall on the inside of the moat with another possible gatehouse in the north joined to the other buildings. The pathway entered the largest room in the building, presumably the hall, to the west of which there appear to be at least 8 further rooms. A room projecting from the E of the hall can be identifiable as the chapel by comparison with the better known site at Banwell. To the north of the hall is another large room, or possibly an enclosed yard. (Somerset HER)
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