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Selsey Manor of Bishop of Chichester

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Selsey.
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: SZ85819376
Latitude 50.73717° Longitude -0.78521°

Selsey Manor of Bishop of Chichester has been described as a certain Palace, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.


Residential manor of the Bishop of Chichester. Included in licence to crenellate obtain by Bishop Moleynes in 1447. Thompson writes 'Possible traces in Manor Farm'

The Manor Farm, formerly the Manor House, a little to the north of the church and village, probably retains some part of the building erected or enlarged by Bishop Robert Sherburne early in the 16th century, but it has undergone many changes and it is not possible to trace the original plan of the house. It now consists of two parallel ranges forming together a rectangular plan facing west. The front is faced with squared rubble of Mixon Rock with flint chippings in the joints and has brick dressings to the windows and the angles, and a brick eaves cornice, all of the end of the 17th century.
At the time of the Domesday Survey SELSEY was a manor of the Bishop of Chichester, assessed at 10 hides, of which Geoffrey held 1 hide and William hide and virgate; there were 6 haws in Chichester attached to the manor. From this time the manor remained attached to the see until 1561. In that year Queen Elizabeth, by virtue of an Act passed in her first parliament, compelled the bishop, William Barlow, to surrender a number of manors, including Selsey, then valued at £53 4s. 10 d. clear yearly value, in exchange for various rectories and tithes. (VCH)

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

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