Winchester Palace was a 12th-century palace which served as the London townhouse of the Bishops of Winchester. It was located in the parish of Southwark in Surrey, on the south bank of the River Thames (opposite the City of London) on what is now Clink Street in the London Borough of Southwark, near St Saviour's Church which later became Southwark Cathedral. Grade II listed remains of the demolished palace survive on the site today, designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument, under the care of English Heritage.
Southwark in the county of Surrey was formerly the largest manor in the Diocese of Winchester and the Bishop of Winchester was a major landowner in the area. He was a great power in the land, and traditionally served as the king's royal treasurer, performing the function of the modern Chancellor of the Exchequer. He thus frequently needed to attend the king both at his court in Westminster, at the Tower of London and also was required to attend Parliament with other bishops and major abbots. The city of Winchester had been the capital of the Saxon kings of England. For that purpose, Henry of Blois built the palace as his comfortable and high-status London residence. Most of the other English bishops similarly had episcopal palaces in London, most notably Lambeth Palace, residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
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Steffie Wright | Mar 22, 2018
It’s a wall of Winchester Palace, there is a plank with some information on the side. Not much to see. But it has a lovely rose window that you can see. There’s a little garden inside as well. It’s a lovely bit of old London in the middle of new London. Free to see, so if you’re passing you might as well see it. It looks amazing at night when it’s all lit up!
Gary Standke | Jul 14, 2018
One wall with the stone part of a rose window. Not a palace. A bit of excavation near it and a plaque with a description of what was there. It is free to look at and just around the block from the Golden Hind so stop by and take a look.
roland j. ruttledge Local Guide | Nov 22, 2017
Not a lot to see but what you do is a piece of real history. So easily missed. Worth keeping an eye out as you pass the Golden Hinde or The Clink Prison on your way down the South Bank. No entry fee or any restrictions. Simply on the side of the road.
JB JB | Jul 23, 2018
Winchester Palace was a 12th-century palace, but today, only its remains are still on the site.
Mitr Friend | Jan 30, 2018
Very deceiving name! The palace is gone and all that's there now is the circular rose window, built in 14th C CE. Today it is maintained as a garden by English Heritage which cannot be accessed, and can seen only from Click Street.
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