Lyddington Bede House

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Lyddington Bede House.
Lyddington Bede House and Church from the Orchard.
Early 16th century cornice.

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.


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.

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Coordinates: 52°33′50″N 0°42′33″W / 52.5639°N 0.7093°W / 52.5639; -0.7093