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Lambeth Palace Rd, SE1
Nearest Tube: Lambeth North
This 'palace' is the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who heads the whole of the Church of England.
It has been home to Archbishops since 1190 when Archbishop Baldwin first purchased it. This is longer than the Church of England has even been in existence and so the palace has been witness to many historical events and upheavals.
For example, in the 14th century the rebels of the Peasants Revolt over-ran the palace and the then Archbishop Simon Sudbury was murdered.
But perhaps the most significant historical event involving the palace occured in 1534 when the then Archbishop Thomas More was asked to sign the Oath of Supremacy, which would have made King Henry VIII (1509-47) the head of the Church in Britain. Archbishop More refused to sign and was taken to the Tower of London where he was beheaded.
Unfortunately Lambeth Palace is not open to the public so all you can do is admire the imposing red brick exterior from afar.
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