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Fingest Bishops Palace

In the civil parish of Lane End.
In the historic county of Buckinghamshire.
Modern Authority of Buckinghamshire.
1974 county of Buckinghamshire.
Medieval County of Buckinghamshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SU77629125
Latitude 51.61453° Longitude -0.87981°

Fingest Bishops Palace has been described as a probable Palace.

There are earthwork remains.


There was a palace in the grounds of the present Fingest Manor House. An C18 history of Fingest in the Browne-Willis manuscript, recording excavations on the site, says it was "of large extent". How large is uncertain as the term palace simply designated a dwelling for a bishop. Among the bishops who stayed at Fingest was Henry Burghersh, who came there in 1321. Some 20 years later he laid out a new park and was granted "free Warren" or hunting rights, in his Manor of Fingest. At the same time he was granted a licence to "impark 300 acres of land" enjoining the woodland which he already controlled. This was common land used by the villagers. Fuller, in his C17 church history speaks of their seeing "their own beef and mutton being turned into the bishop's venison". Enormous hardship resulted. It has been conjectured that there were around 60 families there in medieval times and the Tax Returns for 1341 state that because of the extension of the park, only 30 virgates of land (a little over 100 acres) had been left for the commoners. (Daphne Phillips)

Ruins of the old manor house of the Bishops of Lincoln are near the church of St Bartholomew at the north of the village of Fingest. The manor was held by the Bishops of Lincoln from the 13th c until 1547. According to the owner of Fingest Manor the site of the palace was at SU 7762 9125, but no positive proof was available. At the siting a level area C 20.0m by 30.0m and an old well exist, but no other remains. A house platform indicating the site of the former manor house. (PastScape)
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