London Inn of the Bishop of Chichester

Has been described as a Certain Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameLondon Inn of the Bishop of Chichester
Alternative Names
Historic CountryLondon and Middlesex
Modern AuthorityLondon Borough of Camden
1974 AuthorityGreater London
Civil ParishCamden

London Inn of the Bishop of Chichester. Land by New Temple given by Henry III upon which a 'noble house' erected by Ralph Neville, Bishop of Chichester (Henry III's Lord Chancellor), now occupied by Lincoln's Inn.

The establishment of this house helped to transform the area, then a relatively undeveloped suburb on the outskirts of London, into the important legal centre it is today. Functioning as the headquarters for the Lord Chancellor's legal team as well as his home when he was in London, there would have been a great hall, chapel, lodgings, kitchen, stables and possibly other ancillary buildings. (TimeTeam)

A Time Team evaluation discovered "the foundation trench of what Phil Harding described as a 'massive building … with beautiful painted window glass and Greensand mouldings around the windows and doors'. Stone-built, Phil reckoned it was probably the great hall of Ralph Neville's palace, an assessment aided by the discovery of a sherd of south Hertfordshire greyware pottery dating from the 12th-13th century under the wall's foundation." (TimeTeam)

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County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ309813
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  • Time Team (Mike Aston et al), 2009, March 08 (1st broadcast), 'Called to the Bar: Lincoln's Inn, London' Time Team TV Programme (Time Team, a Videotext/Picture House production for Channel 4) view online
  • Payne, Naomi, 2003, The medieval residences of the bishops of Bath and Wells, and Salisbury (PhD Thesis University of Bristol) Appendix B: List of Medieval Bishop's Palaces in England and Wales (available via EThOS)