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Winchester Palace, London

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Winchester Palace was a 12th-century palace which served as the London townhouse of the Bishops of Winchester. It was located on the south bank of the River Thames in what is now the London Borough of Southwark, near the medieval priory which later became Southwark Cathedral. Remains of the demolished palace survive on the site today.
Southwark in the county of Surrey was formerly the largest manor in the Diocese of Winchester and the Bishop of Winchester was a major landowner in the area. He was a great power in the land, and traditionally served as the king's royal treasurer, performing the function of the modern Chancellor of the Exchequer. He thus frequently needed to attend the king both at his court in Westminster, at the Tower of London and also was required to attend Parliament with other bishops and major abbots. The city of Winchester had been the capital of the Saxon kings of England. For that purpose, Henry of Blois built the palace as his comfortable and high-status London residence. Most of the other English bishops similarly had episcopal palaces in London, most notably Lambeth Palace, residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
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  • We located this whilst being lost. It was interesting to talk to the boys about conservation, renovation and incorporating old and new buildings.  more »
  • Westminster Palace was an important Medieval Palace that housed the Bishop of Wincheser. It's tucked away between The Golden Hinde and Clink Prison Museum (I was far too chicken to check out the museu...  more »
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  • Not a lot to see, but what you do, is a piece of real history. Easily missed. No entry fee. Just by the road. Beautiful rose window.
  • To pass by when going from Shakespeare's globe to borough market. My walk started in st Paul's cathedral, millennium bridge and then this street with beautiful treasures.
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