Bishopthorpe Palace

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Bishopthorpe Palace viewed from the Ouse, 1995
Bishopthorpe Palace, city of York

Bishopthorpe Palace is a stately home and historic house at Bishopthorpe south of York in the City of York unitary authority and ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. It is on the River Ouse and is the official residence of the Archbishop of York;[1] within the local area it is sometimes simply called "the Archbishop's Palace".

In the 13th century, Archbishop Grey bought the manor house at what was then St. Andrewthorpe and gave it to the Dean and Chapter of York Minster. Since then, the village became known as Bishopthorpe.[2]

The palace is a Grade I listed building in a wooded, rural setting and includes a gatehouse, stables, a brewhouse and brewster's cottage. It was remodelled by Thomas Atkinson between 1763 and 1769.[3]

The present archbishop, John Sentamu, did not initially move into the palace as it was just beginning a major renovation and restoration at the time.[4]


  1. ^ "History of Bishopthorpe, in York and West Riding | Map and description". Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "About Bishopthorpe Palace". Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Historic England. "Bishopthorpe Palace and Chapel  (Grade I) (1132487)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Dooks, Brian (17 August 2006). "New look for historic palace". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 

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Coordinates: 53°55′28″N 1°05′31″W / 53.9245°N 1.0920°W / 53.9245; -1.0920