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Lambeth Palace


Restricted Access


Grade I

Morton's Tower, the red brick Tudor gatehouse, is the main entrance to Lambeth Palace

The London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury for 800 years, Morton’s Tower, Lollard’s Tower, the Guard Room, chapel and crypt all date from the Tudor period or before. Matthew Parker, chaplain to Anne Boleyn and Archbishop of Canterbury under Elizabeth I, is buried in the chapel.

The Lambeth Palace Library has the largest religious collection outside of the Vatican, with many medieval books and treasures, including a Gutenberg Bible printed in 1455, and contemporary documents relating to the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots and the annulment of the marriage of Henry VIII and Katharine of Aragon.

Lambeth Palace has restricted public access. It is possible to visit via regular guided tours, special events and garden open days.

More information: Tudor Times' article on Lambeth Palace

See also: Church of St Mary-at-Lambeth

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