London Inn of the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield

Has been described as a Certain Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameLondon Inn of the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield
Alternative NamesBishop of Chesters Inn; House in Parish of St. Mary atte Stronde
Historic CountryLondon and Middlesex
Modern AuthorityLondon Borough of Westminster
1974 AuthorityGreater London
Civil ParishCity Of Westminster

London Inn of the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield in Strand by Strand bridge and Temple Bar. Built by Bishop Langton on licence of 1305. Site later occupied by Somerset Place /p>

Licence for W. bishop of Coventry and Lichfield to crenellate his houses in his dwelling-place in the parish of St. Mary atte Stronde without the bar of the New Temple, London, as well those that are in his bishopric as those built of stone and lime by him in a plot acquired by him in fee simple, and to build of stone and lime a turret in the angle of his dwelling place towards the east on the river Thames and to crenellate it. By K. on the information of R. de Cotingham (CPR)

Gatehouse Comments

An unusual detailed licence to crenellate on a clearly new site (at least in terms on ownership by the see).

- Philip Davis

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County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ311811
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Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1898, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward I (1301-1307) Vol. 4 p. 367 online copy


  • 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)