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28 September 2009

Find Winchester Palace

Built in the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, Winchester Palace, in Bankside near the old Clink Prison, was the London residence of the Bishops of Winchester until the 17th century. At the time it was one of the largest and most important buildings in London.

After the Bishops moved out, the Palace was divided into tenements and warehouses, and it wasn't until the area was badly damaged by fire in 1814 that aspects of the original stonework re-emerged.

What remains was restored as part of the redevelopment of Bankside in the 1980s, and remains exposed with the help of English Heritage, as a memorial to the great palace which once dominated the area. You can still see the Rose Window, which was part of the Palace's Great Hall, and the three doors to the buttery, pantry and kitchen, pictured above, from a viewing point on Clink Street.

For more information, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winchester_Palace

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