London Inn of the Bishop of Lincoln

Has been described as a Certain Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameLondon Inn of the Bishop of Lincoln
Alternative NamesSouthampton House; Old Temple
Historic CountryLondon and Middlesex
Modern AuthorityLondon Borough of Camden
1974 AuthorityGreater London
Civil ParishCamden

London Inn of the bishop of Lincoln. Purchased from Templers by Bishop Robert de Chesney (1148-68).

Beyond the barres had ye in old time a Temple builded by the Templars, whose order first began in the yeare of Christ 1118. in the 19. of Henry the first. This Temple was left and fell to ruine since the yeare 1184. when the Templars had builded them a new Temple in Fleet streete, neare to the Riuer of Thames. A great part of this old Temple was pulled downe but of late in the yeare 1595. Adioyning to this old Temple, was sometime the Bishop of Lincolnes Inne, wherein he lodged when he repayred to this City. Robert de Curars Bishop of Lincolne, builded it about the yeare 1147. Iohn Russell Bishop of Lincolne, Chauncellor of England in the raigne of Richard the third, was lodged there. It hath of late yeares belonged to the Earles of Southampton, and therefore called Southampton house. Master Ropar hath of late builded much there, by meanes whereof part of the ruines of the old Temple were seene to remaine builded of Cane stone, round in forme as the new Temple by Temple barre and other Temples in England. Beyond this old Temple, and the Bishoppe of Lincolnes house, is New streete, so called in the raigne of H. the 3. when he of a lewes house founded the house of Conuerts, betwixt the old Temple and the new. (Stow)

Gatehouse Comments

Lincoln's Inn law chambers adjoin on the W but do not seem to be the site of the Bishops' of Lincoln Inn but, rather that of the Inn of the Bishops of Chichester. Lincoln's Inn is said to take its name from the Henry de Lacy, third Earl of Lincoln.

- Philip Davis

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