Winchester Palace in Southwark London was the home of Bishop Henry de Blois. Mostly destroyed by 1814 fire but still attracts mentionable tourists. It has a magnificent rose window
Winchester Palace is the largest and most important building in all of medieval London. It was mostly destroyed by fire in 1814. The remains were part of the Great Hall, which formally stood alongside the south bank of the Thames. The gable wall of the hall has doors which led to the buttery, pantry and kitchen.
Background history: Winchester Palace
This Palace was founded in the 12th century by Bishop Henry de Blois. He was a brother of King Stephen. It was built to house the bishops in comfort when staying in London on royal or administrative business. It has a magnificent rose window.
Once Winchester was the capital of London until the Norman Conquest. Gradually London became more important, both as a seat of government and centre of commerce. Henry of Blois, the incumbent Bishop of Winchester bought the land in the 1140s and built the Palace.
Visitors can see now impressive architecture of the remaining walls of the Great Hall, magnificent rose window. Free entry
Address and nearest tube to Winchester Palace
Address: Clink Street, Southwark, London, SE1 9DG. See the location in Google Map
Telephone and Email: 0370 333 1181 Email. [email protected]
Nearest Tube Train Bus: London Bridge (Jubilee Line; Northern Line) Train- London Bridge. Bus- bus numbers 521, 43, 141, 149, 47, 343, 381, 17, 21, 35, 40, 47, 48, 133, 43, 344, 133. Use Journey Plan of Transport for London how to get here.
Car Parking: No car park on site. Limited metered on-street parking in Park Street, Southwark Street and just off St Thomas’ Street, or in Jubilee Place at Borough Market. Advisable to use public transport