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Wychemere manor

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Bear's Rails

In the civil parish of Old Windsor.
In the historic county of Berkshire.
Modern Authority of Windsor & Maidenhead.
1974 county of Berkshire.
Medieval County of Berkshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SU97347385
Latitude 51.45529° Longitude -0.60014°

Wychemere manor has been described as a certain Palace.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Moated Medieval site in Windsor Great Park comprising a waterfilled inner moat surrounded by a shallow dry ditch. Excavations have located a house which has been identified as the Royal manor of Wychemere, which was documented in 1359-1395. The moats are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs. The inner moat encloses an area measuring 90m by 85m and the outer moat encloses an area measuring 140m by 120m. The excavations in 1919-20 were carried out by Captain A. Vaughan Williams in the belief that it was the palace of Edward the Confessor. (PastScape)

The manor of Wychmere was acquired by Edward III in 1359 and added to the park of Windsor castle, and nearly £400 was spent on enclosing the new park of Windsor called Wychmere. The manor house became a member of the ring of residences and lodges surrounding the castle. In 1364 a hall, chamber, wardrobe, gatehouse, and granary were documented there, and a lttle later, a barn and chapel from the manor of New Windsor were transported there. In 1395, Richard II ordered its demolition, the materials being used to repair the Windsor manor house. (PastScape–ref. HKW)
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