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London Inn of the Bishop of Norwich

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
York Place

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

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ303805
Latitude 51.50849° Longitude -0.12265°

London Inn of the Bishop of Norwich has been described as a certain Palace.

There are no visible remains.


London Inn of the Bishop of Norwich. When Henry VIII took over York Place to form Whitehall the Bishop of Norwich lost his house to the Duke of Suffolk, later the displaced Archbishop of York, and had to move south of the Thames.

Around AD 1237 the area was occupied by a property known as Norwich Place through the medieval period and later known as York House. It was a London property of the Bishops of Norwich. In 1536 it was owned by the Duke of Suffolk as Suffolk Place after being forcibly exchanged with the Bishop by Henry VIII; the Duke was the King's brother in law. The site eventually passed to George Villiers who rebuilt it between 1624-28; only the river stairs survive. In the 1670s the site was demolished and redeveloped by Nicholas Barbon. (Greater London HER)

Next beyond this Durham house is another great house somtime belonging to the Bishop of Norwich, and was his London lodging, which nowe pertaineth to the Archbishop of Yorke by this occasion. In the yeare 1529, when Cardinall Wolsey Archbishop of Yorke was indited in the Premunirey, whereby king Henry the eight was entituled to his goodes and possessions: hee also seazed into his hands the said Archbishops house, commonly called Yorke place, and changed the name thereof into White hal: whereby the Archbishops of Yorke being dispossessed, and hauing no house of repayre about London, Queene Marie gaue vnto Nicholas Heth then Archbishop of Yorke, and to his successors, Suffolke house in Southwarke, lately builded by Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolke, as I haue shewed. This house the said Archbishop sold, and bought the aforesayd house of old time belonging to the Bishops of Norwich, which of this last purchase is now called Yorke house: the Lord Chauncellors or Lord Keepers of the greate Seale of England haue beene lately there lodged. (Stow)
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