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Woodford Court House

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Wodeford Episcopi; Bisshopwodford; Bishop Woodford

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SU12623532
Latitude 51.11693° Longitude -1.82001°

Woodford Court House has been described as a certain Palace, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


A house dating to C15 or C16 and originating as the Court House for the Bishop of Salisbury's manor. The south east range is the oldest part of the house with the north west range added circa 1830-1840. It is built of rendered brick with a slate roof, extended to north with flint and brick chequerwork on one bay, separately roofed. It has two storeys. A little to the east of the house is the site of a small medieval building, possibly a chapel, which was in a ruinous state and demolished in 1875. (PastScape)

Bishop Shaxton pulled it down because it was already somewhat in ruins. (Leland)

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.


Geophysical survey carried out in 2001 by N. Payne. Payne writes 'The resistivity survey has confirmed that the main residential block of the medieval residence of the bishops of Salisbury was probably located to the east of the Court House in Lower Woodford, by the river Avon. The two courses of the river bounded the manor house to the west and east, and the artificial channel to the north may have been cut during the medieval period. Together, these watercourses formed what could be viewed as a partially moated site. The convenient location close to the river Avon meant that the bishops would needed only to take a short boat trip down stream to arrive at the cathedral and bishop's palace at Salisbury, which are situated close to the Avon.'
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