London Inn of the bishop of Bath and Wells

Has been described as a Certain Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameLondon Inn of the bishop of Bath and Wells
Alternative NamesBath Inn; Bath Place: Hampton Place; Southampton Place; Arundel House
Historic CountryLondon and Middlesex
Modern AuthorityLondon Borough of Westminster
1974 AuthorityGreater London
Civil ParishCity Of London

London Inn of the Bishop of Bath and Wells near St Clement's Danes outside Temple Bar.

The site covered by the residence of the bishops of Bath and Wells and its grounds was the largest on the Strand, with frontage onto the Thames spanning more than 150 metres and a depth from the river of over 120 metres. It covered an area of between four and five acres. (Payne ref. Kingsford, 1922)

Gatehouse Comments

Aga's map of London of c. 1558 shows a multistorey, crenellated, masonry building with formal garden towards the Thames surrounded by an uncrenellated precinct wall and with tenements between the building and the Strand.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ310809
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  • Emery, Anthony, 2006, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 3 Southern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 231, 673
  • Cooper, Nicholas, 1999, Houses of the Gentry, 1480-1680 (Yale University Press) p. 189, 190
  • Thompson, M.W., 1998, Medieval bishops' houses in England and Wales (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing) p. 170
  • Schofield, J., 1995, Medieval London Houses (Yale University Press) p. 210-12 No. 157 (plan)
  • Lobel, M.D. (ed), 1989, The City of London from prehistoric times to c.1520 British Atlas of Historic Towns Vol. 3 (Oxford University Press) p. 65 online copy
  • Hembry, P., 1967, The Bishops of Bath and Wells, 1540-1640 (London: The Athlone Press) p. 5-6, 13
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  • Page, Wm (ed), 1909, VCH London Vol. 1 p. 136



  • < >Proctor, J., 2000, 'Medieval and post-medival waterfronts at Arundel House/Fitzalan House, 13-15 Arundel Street, City of Westminster' Transactions of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society Vol. 51 p. 45-79 < > download copy
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  • Bloice, B., 1972, 'Excavation Round-up 1972' London Archaeologist Vol. 2.2 p. 42 online copy
  • Kingsford, C.L., 1922, 'Bath Inn or Arundel House' Archaeologia Vol 72 p. 243-77
  • Kingsford, C.L., 1916, 'Historical Notes on Medieval London Houses (Part 1)' London Topographical Review Vol. 10 p. 44-144 esp. p. 56, 58


  • Payne, Naomi, 2003, The medieval residences of the bishops of Bath and Wells, and Salisbury (PhD Thesis University of Bristol) p. 126-129 (available via EThOS)