Although only a few walls now remain of Winchester Palace, it was once viewed as one of the most important buildings in London when it was home to the Bishops of Winchester during the 13th century. A fire in 1814 destroyed nearly all of its structure and what we see today is the remnants of its amazing architecture that includes a stunning rose window still in place.
The Bishop Henry of Blois was responsible for founding the building, and the great hall originally stood imperiously on the south bank of the river Thames. You can still see the doors that connected the hall to the kitchen, pantry and buttery as part of the gable wall. The palace was still in use up until the 17th century and the full ruins were unearthed during local redevelopment in the 80s.
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