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Quick facts for kidsLyddington Bishops Palace and later Lyddington Bedehouse
Lyddington Bede House
|Location||The Bedehouse is sited adjacent to the parish church.|
|OS grid reference||SP8758797005|
|Demolished||Wing of a building, the remainder demolished after 1547|
|Architectural style(s)||Medieval with later alterations|
|Governing body||English Heritage|
|Designated||10 November 1955|
|Reference no.||ID: 427654|
Lyddington Bede House is a historic house in Rutland, England, owned and opened to the public by English Heritage. The existing Grade I listed building is a part of a former palace of the Bishops of Lincoln, situated next to the church in the village of Lyddington. The watch tower or gazebo is separately listed as Grade I and the boundary walls are Grade II. The site is a scheduled ancient monument.
The medieval Diocese of Lincoln was the largest bishopric in England, extending from the River Thames to the Humber Estuary. Lyddington lay on a north-south road and the estate here was a convenient place for the bishop's entourage to stop when traversing the diocese.
After the Reformation, ownership passed to the Cecil family who made it their private house. By 1600 it had passed to Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, son of Lord Burghley, who converted it into an almshouse for twelve poor bedesmen and it continued in this use until 1930. A feature is the former bishops' Great Chamber with its beautifully carved ceiling cornice.
The remains of the fishponds of the bishop's palace are nearby.
Nearby English Heritage attractions
See also: other palaces and residences of the Bishop of Lincoln
- Buckden Palace
- Dorchester, Oxfordshire
- Fingest, Buckinghamshire.
- Horncastle, Lincolnshire. Bishops Palace
- Lincoln Medieval Bishop's Palace
- London, Camden, Inn of the Bishop of Lincoln, later Southampton House. Purchased from Templars by Bishop Robert de Chesney (1148-68)
- ?Louth, Lincolnshire
- Nettleham, Lincolnshire
- Spaldwick, Huntingdoshire, Bury Close
- Stow, Lincolnshire
- Thame, Oxfordshire
- Wooburn, Buckinghamshire. Bishops Palace
Lyddington Bishops Palace and Bedehouse Gallery
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