The Bishop's Palace, Tower Road, Paignton - Torbay (UA)

C14 curtain wall and tower, forming part of the medieval fortified residence of the Bishop of Exeter. Vegetation growth, especially valerian on the wall tops and growing from crevices, threatens the medieval walls. Their root system grows to a large bulbous form within the wall, pushing stones out of line and leading to breakdown of the structure. Ivy has also taken hold and is rapidly spreading along the south wall. In 2016 Historic England grant-aided a programme of vegetation removal and door rerfubishment.

The Bishop's Palace, Tower Road, Paignton - Torbay (UA)
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: The Bishop's Palace, Tower Road
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1020764
  • Local Planning Authority: Torbay (UA)
  • Site Type: Domestic > Fortified house


  • Building Name: The Bishop's Palace
  • Locality: Paignton
  • Unitary Authority: Torbay (UA)
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Torbay
  • Region: South West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Not applicable
  • Priority: D - Slow decay; solution agreed but not yet implemented
  • Previous Priority: D
  • Ownership: Local authority
  • Designation: Scheduled Monument, 2 LBs, CA