Whitehall Palace

Has been described as a Certain Palace (Bishop/Royal)

There are masonry footings remains

NameWhitehall Palace
Alternative NamesYork Place
Historic CountryLondon and Middlesex
Modern AuthorityLondon Borough of Westminster
1974 AuthorityGreater London
Civil ParishCity Of Westminster

York Place, the London residence of the Archbishops of York, was rebuilt by Wolsey between 1514 and 1529, and used as a royal palace from 1529 until the late C17 when it was used as an administrative centre. Destroyed by fire in 1968. York Place formed the core of the complex, and Henry VIII bought a series of properties on the west side of the road from Westminster to Charing Cross, upon which he built a number of buildings devoted to cock-fighting, tennis and bowls. A fragment of the Medieval palace remain off Horse Guards Avenue.

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ302801
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Primary Sources


  • 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)