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Rotherhithe Palace

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Platform Wharf

In the civil parish of Bermondsey Rotherhithe And Southwark.
In the historic county of Surrey.
Modern Authority of London Borough of Southwark.
1974 county of Greater London.
Medieval County of Surrey.

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ348797
Latitude 51.50017° Longitude -0.05934°

Rotherhithe Palace has been described as a certain Palace.

There are no visible remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The site is on the South bank of the Thames with Cathey Street to the E, Paradise Street to the S and the Millpond Estate to the W. Documentary research, including "The King's Works", shows this site to be that of the Moated Royal Residence known to have been built in Rotherhithe for Edward III by 1361. At the beginning of this century substantial remains of a 5m high medieval stone wall were uncovered on this site. There is documentary evidence for use of the site as a Delft Ware pottery in the C17 with large dump of pottery waste/kiln furniture and associated industrial structures. Trial excavation from July 1986 to January 1987 by the Department of Greater London Archaeology has revealed substantial remains of the stone walls of the Inner Court building (a rectangular structure 30m x 30m with walls 1m thick and a tower at the NW corner), surrounded by an 8m wide moat with remains of a timber bridge, and the division of the Inner Court into small apartments or chambers. Wall survive to a height of window sills and tiled floors have also been found. In the NE corner of the Inner Court the tiled floor was found to overlay at least four earlier medieval surfaces on natural sandy clay of local extraction and containing several sherds of unbraded Roman pottery. "The King's Works" described the Outer Court as being S of the Moat and part of the eastern bank surrounding it has been revealed in excavation together with evidence, from a test pit, of medieval timber buildings. Remains of the C17 Delft Ware pottery have been uncovered in the Inner and Outer Court including two possible kilns and a very large and important dump of Delft pottery in the moat. (Greater London HER)

Work commenced on this palace in 1349 and Edward III spent considerable time here for the rest of his reign (although not as much after the building was finished). Despite this this was a small palace. The start date of construction suggests this may have been built as a retreat from the Black Death and the smaller recurrent outbreaks and the small size may reflect the difficulty even the king had in obtaining skilled labour after 1348.
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