Lambeth Palace is the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury in England, in north Lambeth, on the south bank of the River Thames, 400 yards south-east of the Palace of Westminster, which houses the Houses of Parliament, on the opposite bank.HistoryThe building, originally called the Manor of Lambeth or Lambeth House, has been – for nearly 800 years – the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, whose original residence was in Canterbury, Kent. In addition, Lambeth Palace is home to the Community of Saint Anselm, an Anglican religious order that is under the patronage of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Lambeth Palace was acquired by the archbishopric around 1200 AD and has the largest collection of records of the Church in its library. It is bounded by Lambeth Palace Road to the west and Lambeth Road to the south, but unlike all surrounding land is excluded from the parish of North Lambeth. The garden park is listed and resembles Archbishop's Park, a neighbouring public park; however, it was a larger area with a notable orchard until the early 19th century. The former church in front of its entrance has been converted to the Garden Museum. The south bank of the Thames along this reach, not part of historic London, developed slowly because the land was low and sodden: it was called Lambeth Marsh, as far downriver as the present Blackfriars Road. The name "Lambeth" embodies "hithe", a landing on the river: archbishops came and went by water, as did John Wycliff, who was tried here for heresy. In the English peasants' revolt of 1381 the Palace was attacked.Arrange to visit Lambeth Palace and other attractions in London using our London trip site .
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Went to Lambeth palace, I had heard about the newly restored gardens, paid £5 to get in which isn't bad, but when I got inside there was someone stopping me from entering the Great hall and no chapel,... more »
A stunning attractive place for booking celebratory parties and visiting well cultured beautiful gardens. A real gem in the centre of London full of historical interest visually entertaining for many ... more »
The gorgeous garden at Lambeth Palace is open from May until September on the first Friday of each month. Make sure you visit. It's like being behind the scenes at a secret location. If you are lucky the chapel and library might be open. It's such as pretty place to explore and a real pleasure. The Garden Museum is next door which has a very good restaurant.
Some of the clergy would do well to reflect on whether humanity was made for the Sabbath or the Sabbath for humanity. This is a surprisingly small and modest building to be called a palace . Don't get me wrong its a hell of a lot better than a council flat but when you compare it to the Vatican , well , the Archbishop must be a sick as a parrot .
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