The palace as it appeared in 1660. From a drawing that appeared in "Old and New London," 1873. This image is in the public domain.
Built / Designed For: Henry of Blois
House & Family History: Built around two courtyards as the townhouse of the bishops of Winchester, the palace was one of the largest and most important complex of buildings in Medieval London. The site included a brewery, a butchery, a bowling alley, a tennis court, a prison, and substantial gardens. After the Civil War the house ceased serving as the London residence of the bishops of Winchester and was used primarily as a prison. After the Restoration the palace was restored as a royal residence by Charles II. By the 18th century the former palace buildings were being used as warehouses. All that remains today are fragments of the early 14th century great hall. James I of Scotland was entertained here on his wedding day in 1424.
House Listed: Grade II*
Park Listed: Destroyed
Past Seat / Home of: Henry of Blois, 12th century. Charles II, until 1685.
Current Ownership Type: English Heritage
Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction
Ownership Details: Winchester Palace is managed by Bankside Open Spaces Trust, which has planted a Medieval style garden within the remains of the great hall.
House Open to Public: Yes
Historic Houses Member: No