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La Tour

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Coldharbour; Cold Harbrough

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: TQ327806
Latitude 51.51060° Longitude -0.09335°

La Tour has been described as a probable Fortified Town House.

There are no visible remains.


La Tour, a waterfront property on Upper Thames Street later to be called Coldharbour, was a building brought by Alice Perrers, a mistress of Edward III, after 1370. Alice received many gifts from a King in his dotage although she was also noted for her own exceptional business acumen. She spent considerable sum on La Tour which she extensively rebuilt. As with all her property it was seized in 1377 and was in royal or noble hands during the 15th century. An account of repairs made in 1484-5 mentions several chambers and the name suggests perhaps these chambers were in the form of suites in a tower, presumably attached to the recorded Great Hall on the riverside. This may well be the 'crenellated tower with two large windows' shown in Wyngaerde's mid 16th century Panorama.

'To the considerable confusion of later historians' (Emery) the name Coldharbour applied to two adjacent properties on the Thames. Sir John Pulteney property was earlier c. 1334, was the westernmost and of considerable size. This seems have been initially, at least in part residential, but became more exclusively commercial after 1408 when the name transferred to the prestigious La Tour property. Both properties may have been crenellated.
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