Full Report for Listed Buildings


Summary Description of a Listed Buildings


Reference Number
12558
Building Number
 
Grade
I  
Status
Designated  
Date of Designation
01/03/1963  
Date of Amendment
28/07/1992  
Name of Property
The Bishop's Palace  
Address
 

Location


Unitary Authority
Pembrokeshire  
Community
St. David's and the Cathedral Close  
Town
 
Locality
 
Easting
175028  
Northing
225469  
Street Side
 
Location
Situated W of the Cathedral on the opposite bank of the River Alun.  

Description


Broad Class
Religious, Ritual and Funerary  
Period
 

History
C12 to C16 bishop's palace, outstanding among the episcopal palaces of Britain, started about 1200 and substantially built under Bishop Bek (1280-96) and Bishop Gower (1328-47). The ruination of the palace began with the stripping of the lead from the Great Hall under Bishop Barlow (1536-48) and the whole is now roofless.  

Exterior
A single large quadrangle with the principal buildings towards the S side, though the earliest surviving work is probably the NE enclosure wall and NW range. Entrance by plain late C13 gatehouse at left end of NE wall, with supposed private chapel of mid C14 adjoining, raised on vaulted undercroft. Late C13 Bishop's Hall on E side with the arcaded parapets associated with Bishop Gower's work (Lamphey Palace, Swansea Castle and Gower's Great Hall here). Carved gateway up broad flight of steps with semi-octagonal head characteristic of Gower's work and related to Bristol school. To N of Bishop's Hall is the solar, late C13, and to the S the kitchen, late C14. On S side is the great hall, mid C14, with striking ogee headed doorway, reached by broad flight of steps, long lancet windows and fine E end rose window. Arcaded parapet with varicoloured voussoirs. Late C14 bishop's chapel at W end with W bell turret. Domestic buildings and stables probably occupied W side of quadrangle. Late C15 or C16 wing SE of solar. Scheduled Ancient Monument Pe 6.  

Interior
 

Reason for designation
Group value.  

Cadw : Full Report for Listed Buildings [ Records 1 of 1 ]





Export