London Inn of the Bishop of Worcester

Has been described as a Certain Palace (Bishop)

There are no visible remains

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

London Inn of the Bishop of Worcester. In Strand with river frontage but demolished for the construction of Somerset House in 1549.

The bishops of Worcester early had a house in London. In 857 King Bertwulf gave Alcune, Bishop of Worcester, a piece of ground outside the west gate of London, called Ceolmundinge-haga, the rent being 12d. a year. They afterwards had a house in the Strand, for which Bishop Wulstan de Bransford gave William de Netterton 40d. and a robe yearly for keeping it in order. Amongst the accounts of Bishop Tideman is the entry: 'To Henry Cambrigge, citizen and fishmonger, the keeping of the house without the gate of the new Temple together with easements of all houses lying between the great gate of the said house and the Savoy, also a certain void piece of ground whereon to build a house for life–for the rent of one pound of pepper yearly, repairing all the houses outside the gate, and finding the bishop and his successors in herbs.' The episcopal residence was afterwards destroyed by the Protector Somerset to make room for Somerset House, the bishop receiving in exchange a mansion in Whitefriars. In 1680 they moved again to Soho Square, that being the 'genteelest' part of the town. (Morewood, 1910)

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OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ307807
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