Keys to the Past

Wolsingham (Wolsingham)

Wolsingham Chapel Walls scheduled area (C) ASDU 2006
Wolsingham Chapel Walls scheduled area (C) ASDU 2006

The site of a Medieval (1066 - 1540) settlement associated with the Bishop's Manor house believed to exist immediately to the north.

It is not clear whether they are the outer enclosures of the Manor House, or house sites from the shrunken part of the village. The remains consist of a rectangular enclosure c.220ft x 200ft surrounded by a bank and ditch with, in places, an outer bank. The north end of the enclosure has been destroyed by probable landscaping to the north where the moated manor is believed to be located.

18th and 19th century antiquarians attribute the site to a failed monastic foundation begun by Henry Pudesy, the nephew of Bishop Pudesy a late 12th century Prince Bishop of Durham.

The fields contain earthworks and are a scheduled ancient monument protected by law.

Reference number:D2505
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Scheduled Monument
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1002334
Event(s):Desk-based assessment of Chapel Walls, Wolsingham, 2006; Archaeological Services University of Durham
Evaluation at Chapel Walls, Wolsingham 2007; Brigantia Archaeological Practice

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Wolsingham

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