Durham House

Has been described as a Certain Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameDurham House
Alternative NamesDurham Place; Duresme's Inn
Historic CountryLondon and Middlesex
Modern AuthorityLondon Borough of Westminster
1974 AuthorityGreater London
Civil ParishCity Of Westminster

London Inn of the Bishop of Durham. Built by Bishop Hatfield (1345-81) in Westminster at Charing Cross, by riverside. Durham House passed to the Crown in 1536 and was, thereafter, used for diplomatic entertainment and lodging. Most of the ancient buildings were pulled down in 1660 and in 1769-70 the Adelphi was built on the site.

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ303806
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  • 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)