London Inn of the Bishop of Salisbury

Has been described as a Certain Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameLondon Inn of the Bishop of Salisbury
Alternative NamesSalisbury Court; Salisbury House; Dorset House
Historic CountryLondon and Middlesex
Modern AuthorityCity and County of the City of London
1974 AuthorityGreater London
Civil ParishCity Of London

London Inn of the Bishop of Salisbury.

The next is Salisburie Court, a place so called for that it belonged to the Bishops of Salisburie, and was their Inne, or London house at such time as they were summoned to come to the Parliament, or came for other businesse: it hath of late time beene the dwelling, first of Sir Richard Sackuile, and now of sir Thomas Sackuile his sonne, Baron of Buckhurst, Lord Treasurer, who hath greatly enlarged it with stately buildings (Stow).

Gatehouse Comments

On Fleet Street between St Brides and Whitefriars with a river frontage. Licence to crenellate granted for house in Fleet Street 1337, repeated 1377. Site acquired 1194. The house was often used by visiting royalty. In 1564 it was purchased by Richard Sackville, the Sackvilles being created Earls of Dorset in 1603, and renamed Dorset House. Burnt in the Great Fire and not rebuilt. Some possibly brick foundations found in 1983.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ315810
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  • Smith, P.L., 2013, The Bishop's Palace at Salisbury (Reading: Spire Books) p. 182-4
  • Emery, Anthony, 2006, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 3 Southern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 439, 627-9
  • Cooper, Nicholas, 1999, Houses of the Gentry, 1480-1680 (Yale University Press) p. 292
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  • Lobel, M.D. (ed), 1989, The City of London from prehistoric times to c.1520 British Atlas of Historic Towns Vol. 3 (Oxford University Press) p. 92 online copy
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  • Honeybourne, M.B., 1947, 'The Fleet and Its Neighbourhood in Early and Medieval Times' London Topographical Record Vol. 19 p. 70, 72
  • Kingsford, C.L., 1920, 'Historical Notes on Medieval London Houses (Part 3)' London Topographical Record Vol. 12 p. 15

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1895, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward III (1334-38) Vol. 3 p. 498 online copy
  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1895, Calendar of Patent Rolls Richard II (1377-81) Vol. 1 p. 9, 10 online copy


  • Payne, Naomi, 2003, The medieval residences of the bishops of Bath and Wells, and Salisbury (PhD Thesis University of Bristol) p. 164-5 (available via EThOS)
  • Honeybourne, M.B., 1929, The extent and value of the property in London and Southwark occupied by the religious houses (including the prebends of St Paul's and St Martin's le Grand), the inns of the bishops and abbots and the churches and churchyards, before the dissolution of the monasteries (University of London: MA Thesis) p. 334-8