London Inn of the Bishop of Llandaff

Has been described as a Certain Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

NameLondon Inn of the Bishop of Llandaff
Alternative Names
Historic CountryLondon and Middlesex
Modern AuthorityLondon Borough of Westminster
1974 AuthorityGreater London
Civil ParishCity Of Westminster

The Bishop of Landalph his Inne. Then was there an house belonging to the Bishop of Landaffe, for I find in record the 4. of Edwarde the 2. that a vacant place lying neare the church of our Lady at Strand, the sayde Bishop procured it of Thomas Earle of Lancaster for the enlarging of this house. (Stow)

Granted to bishops of Llandaff in 1280 by canons of the Holy Sepulchre, Warwick. Enlarged 1311 by addition of land near St Mary le Strand. Stowe placed it with the church to the east & Strand Bridge & Chester Inn to the west. It was demolished to make way for Somerset House. (Greater London HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Site later occupied by Somerset Place, along with Inns of bishop of Lichfield and Worcester.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ30708
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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)