London Inn of the Bishop of Exeter

Has been described as a Certain Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameLondon Inn of the Bishop of Exeter
Alternative NamesEssex House; Paget House; Paget's Place; Norfolk House; Leicester House; Exeter Inn
Historic CountryLondon and Middlesex
Modern AuthorityLondon Borough of Westminster
1974 AuthorityGreater London
Civil ParishCity Of Westminster

Land acquired from Knights of St John after 1310. Exeter Inn built between1310 & 1326 probably by bishop Walter Strapylton. At the Reformation Henry VIII granted it to William Paget & became Paget House. 1563 Robert Dudley acquired it & did much rebuilding renaming it Leicester House, later called Essex House in1588 after Earl of Essex. 1674 sold to Dr Barton for redevelopment & most of building demolished. Last part was demolished in 1777. (Greater London HER)

London Inn of the Bishop of Exeter. 'memorable for greatness on the River of Thames...who the first builder thereof I have not read but that Walter Stapleton was a great builder in the raigne of Edward the second is manifest' (Stow). After Stow the hall was built by Bishop Lacy in the reign of Henry VI. In Strand. Acquired 1310 and hall rebuilt 1420-55.

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County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ310809
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