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Servats Tower, Bucklesbury

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Queen's Tower of Sernat; Sernes Tower in Bucklesburie; Sewtes; la Tour Servat; Cernets towre; Cernettes towre; Surnetistour; Sylvestre tour; Seruesse; Service;

In the civil parish of City Of London.
In the historic county of London and Middlesex.
Modern Authority of City and County of the City of London.
1974 county of Greater London.
Medieval County of City of London.

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ326810
Latitude 51.51305° Longitude -0.09021°

Servats Tower, Bucklesbury has been described as a probable Palace, and also as a certain Fortified Town House.

There are no visible remains.

Description

Licence to crenellate issued to Willielmus Servat, civis et mercator in 1305 quandam turellam ultra portam mansi sui in Civitate praedicta, petra et calce de novo construere et Kernellare (To build anew in stone and lime and to crenellate a tower over the gate of his house within the City). This stood on the north side of Bucklesbury, with the Walbroke as part of its east boundary. Stow called the building 'an ancient and strong tower of stone', it was demolished in late C16.

Sernes Tower in Bucklesberie, was sometimes the kinges house. Edward the third in the eighteenth yeare of his reigne, appoynted his Exchaunge of monyes therein to be kept, and in the 32. hee gaue the same Tower to his free Chappell of Saint Stephen at Westminster. (Stow)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1305 Oct 3 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

The house was acquired by Queen Isabella in 1317 and housed the Great Wardrobe until 1333. However it would seem unlikely the house was used as a personal royal residence but just for the offices, residences and storehouses of the Wardrobe and its staff where the position close to London's markets would make it most useful.
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