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Lambeth Palace

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Lambeth Palace is a London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury and an office for his national and international ministry. Stephen Langton is thought to have been the first Archbishop to live at Lambeth in the thirteenth century; prior to this it was traditional for the Archbishop to live in Canterbury. Langton's Chapel, and below it the crypt, form the oldest part of the Palace. Other buildings in the grounds have been added, expanded or altered over the centuries. The imposing gateway – Morton's Tower – was built in1490. The Great Hall, which houses much of the Lambeth Palace Library, has been built and re-built over the centuries, with major reconstruction necessary after damage sustained during the English Civil War and the Blitz. The most recent addition is the Atrium, a glass-roofed room built in 2000 to connect the main building with the chapel and crypt. The Garden at Lambeth Palace has been a private garden since the twelfth century and is the oldest continuously cultivated garden in London. The palace and garden are open by tour only (selected Thur & Fri during 2012). Lambeth Palace takes part in London Open House weekend (Sep 22 2012). There is also a garden open day (May 19 2012).

 

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Address: Lambeth Palace Rd
London
SE1 7JU
Transport: Tube: Lambeth North
Price: Tour £10 per person
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