Medieval Lochside Living: the Bishop’s Palace

The medieval landscape of Easterhouse was very different from what you see now. The Bishops of Glasgow Cathedral owned a grand county manor, perched on the banks of Bishop Loch. It was part of a country estate that was very valuable to the Bishops. The fertile farmland provided a good income from rents and the lush woodland and loch was bustling with wildlife, fowl and fish to hunt and fish. The manor was dismantled mid- 1500’s but some remains still exist below ground. 

This theme was brought to you by pupils from St Benedict’s Primary (P7) with creative input from artists Jack Cheetam and Alys Owen. It was part of Seven Lochs: A History Shaped by Water, supported by Historic Environment Scotland as part of the Year of Coast and Waters 2021

  • Reimagining the Bishop's Palace

Exploring the Bishop' Palace

To explore the old country manor and estate, we drew on historical and archaeological sources. We found out that the Bishop’s Palace was uncovered in 2005 by Headland Archaeology who shared their excavation report and photographs from the site. We then worked with artists Alys Owen and Jake Cheetam to re-imagine a scene from medieval Easterhouse with palace, animals that would have roamed here in the country estate. We even recreated some of the finds in clay. We also told the story of the Bishop’s Palace on film so that we could share it with you. 

  • Using archaeological sources, we reimagined medieval Easterhouse

  • We used blocks to create a country manor

  • We drew some of the animals that roamed the country estate

  • We recreated some of the finds from the excavation of the manor

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