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London Borough of Southwark in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom
 

Winchester Palace

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, May 7, 2018
1. Winchester Palace Marker
Inscription.
Winchester Palace
These ruins are all that remain of the palace of the powerful Bishops of Winchester, one of the largest and most important buildings in medieval London.

Founded in the 12th century by Bishop Henry de Blois, brother of King Stephen, it was built to house the bishops in comfort when staying in London on royal or administrative business.

The visible remains were part of the Great Hall, which formerly stood alongside the south bank of the Thames. To the right, the gable wall of the hall has doors which led to the buttery, pantry and kitchen, and it has a magnificent rose window.

Below the hall was a vaulted cellar, where goods such as wine could be stored, with a passage to the river wharf. The hall would have been lavishly decorated, and was often used to entertain royal guests, such as James I of Scotland and Joan Beaufort, who held their wedding feast here in 1424.

The rest of the palace was arranged around two courtyards, and housed many buildings including a prison, brewhouse and butchery. As the Bishop's private retreat from the stresses of medieval governance, the palace also had a tennis court, bowling alley and pleasure gardens.

The palace remained in use until the 17th century, when it was divided into tenements and warehouses. The ruins
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By Michael Herrick, May 7, 2018
2. Winchester Palace Ruins and Marker
were rediscovered in the 19th century following a fire, and were finally revealed in the 1980s during redevelopment of the area.
 
Location. 51° 30.416′ N, 0° 5.461′ W. Marker is in London Borough of Southwark, England, in Greater London County. Marker is at the intersection of Stoney Street and Clink Street, on the right when traveling north on Stoney Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: London Borough of Southwark, England SE1 9LB, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Thameside Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); Sir Francis Drake (within shouting distance of this marker); Queen Elizabeth I (within shouting distance of this marker); The Legend of Mary Overie (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Old Thameside Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); The Jubilee Walkway – Southwark (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Mary Overieís Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Saviourís Southwark Private Property (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in London Borough of Southwark.
 
Also see . . .
1. English Heritage - Winchester Palace. (Submitted on June 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Winchester Palace on Wikipedia
Winchester Palace Ruins and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 7, 2018
3. Winchester Palace Ruins and Marker
. (Submitted on June 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Winchester Palace Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 7, 2018
4. Winchester Palace Ruins
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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