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Fulham Palace

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Fulham.
In the historic county of London and Middlesex.
Modern Authority of London Borough of Hammersmith And Fulham.
1974 county of Greater London.
Medieval County of Middlesex.

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ240761
Latitude 51.47047° Longitude -0.21609°

Fulham Palace has been described as a probable Palace.

There are major building remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


It is known that there has been a bishop's palace in Fulham since at least the eleventh century. The present Fulham Palace was constructed in 1480 by Bishop Kemp with additions carried out by Bishop Fitzjames in 1506-22; Bishop Sherlock in 1750 and by Stiff Leadbetter for Bishop Terrick in 1764-6. The palace was remodelled and refronted by S.P Cockerell for Bishop Howley in 1814, this included the transition of the Great Hall into a chapel. The palace was the official residence for the Bishop of London until 1973. (Hibbert; RCHME; listing report). The palace was originally surrounded by a moat, which was first documented in the 12th century, it is still visible as an earthwork enclosing an area of 14.5 hectares. The earthwork is considered to be Medieval but various interpretations on its date and function include an Iron Age or Early Medieval earthwork and a Roman defended enclosure. Excavations carried out in 1972 revealed that the moat had been cleared out by the end of the 18th century destroying any earlier evidence. However, the discovery of a possible late 4th century bank indicates the possibility that the earthwork originates from the post-Roman period. A rescue excavation and resistivity survey carried out, during 1975-76, in the north-west corner of the moated area revealed that c. 0.4 hectares had been annexed during the Medieval period. This appears to have taken place by the 13th century and enclosed the immediate area of the palace. The excavations carried out in 1972 have also identified a number of Roman features including a ditch terminal, a pit containing the skulls of a horse and dog and a possible building. These features may represent a Roman settlement, possibly part of the settlement identified south of the River Thames. Mesolithic and Neolithic activity was also identified (Whitehouse). (PastScape)
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