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Tower or Castle on the west of London by Sainte Brides church, vita Arkenwald

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: TQ316810
Latitude 51.51210° Longitude -0.10330°

Tower or Castle on the west of London by Sainte Brides church, vita Arkenwald has been described as a probable Palace, and also as a probable Fortified Town House.

There are no visible remains.


An other Tower or Castle, also was there in the West parte of the Cittie, pertayning to the King: For I reade that in the yere 1087. the 20 of William the first, the Cittie of London with the church of S. Paule being burned, Mauritius then Bishop of London afterwarde began the foundation of a new Church, whereunto king William, sayeth mine Author, gaue the choyce stones of this Castle standing neare to the banke of the riuer of Thames, at the west end of the Citie. After this Mauritius, Richard his successor, purchased the streetes about Paules Church, compassing the same with a wall of stone and gates. King Henry the first gaue to this Richard so much of the Moate or wall of the Castle, on the Thames side to the South, as should be needful to make the saide wall of the Churchyearde, and so much more as should suffice to make a way without the wall on the North side, &c. (Stow)

Stow suggests this was on the site later used for Brideswell Palace although his description fits more closely with Montfichet castle or Baynards Castle on the east side of the Fleet River.
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