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"Palace And Medieval Alms House"

The Lyddington Bede House is a 15th century building with a Grade I listed Heritage status. It is now owned and maintained by the English Heritage and is open to the public for a nominal entry charge. Formerly owned by the Bishops of Lincoln, it was a part of a medieval wing of a palace. Later in the early 17th century, it served as the private residence of the Cecil family before being converted into an almshouse for the poor by the charitable Sir Thomans Cecil, the 1st Earl of Exeter. Two women and 12 men were offered shelter at the house deemed luxurious enough for princes, in exchange for them to regularly attend services of the neighboring church. Visitors today can tour the chambers of the 'bedesmen' some restored to their original Victorian styles and the beautifully carved ceiling cornice in the former bishops' Great chamber. There is a small shop on the premises of the house which sells historic souvenirs and refreshments, and has a small exhibition displaying various artificats used by residents of the house. Families are welcome to have their picnics on the lawn and commercial photography is allowed with prior notice.
11a Church Lane, Lyddington, United Kingdom, LE15 9LN
Today: 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM Open Now
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Apr to Sep - Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
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"Palace And Medieval Alms House"
The Lyddington Bede House is a 15th century building with a Grade I listed Heritage status. It is now owned and maintained by the English Heritage and is open to the public for a nominal entry charge. Formerly owned by the Bishops of Lincoln, it was a part of a medieval wing of a palace. Later in the early 17th century, it served as the private residence of the Cecil family before being converted into an almshouse for the poor by the charitable Sir Thomans Cecil, the 1st Earl of Exeter. Two women and 12 men were offered shelter at the house deemed luxurious enough for princes, in exchange for them to regularly attend services of the neighboring church. Visitors today can tour the chambers of the 'bedesmen' some restored to their original Victorian styles and the beautifully carved ceiling cornice in the former bishops' Great chamber. There is a small shop on the premises of the house which sells historic souvenirs and refreshments, and has a small exhibition displaying various artificats used by residents of the house. Families are welcome to have their picnics on the lawn and commercial photography is allowed with prior notice.
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