We are delighted to announce that our next exclusive Friends event will be a tour of Lambeth Palace on Friday 20 September, from 14:00 to 16:00.
This is a special opportunity to visit Lambeth Palace, which is rarely open to the public. In the company of one of its long-standing guides, we will see the major rooms and chapels whilst learning about the exceptional history of the building and the Archbishops of Canterbury.
Acquired around 1200 (not quite as old as Fulham Palace, but close!), Lambeth Palace has served as the London residence of the Archbishops of Canterbury for over eight centuries. It is a Grade I listed building, comprising architecture from the Gothic and Tudor periods and subsequent Victorian additions. The Palace’s location, in Lambeth at an important landing site along the River Thames, was within easy reach of the Court and the royal residence at the Tower as well as the Bishop of London’s Palace in Fulham, was undoubtedly the reason for its acquisition by the Church.
The visit will include a trip to the official library of the Archbishop of Canterbury, which constitutes the largest religious collection outside the Vatican and contains manuscripts dating back to the 9th century.
Among the collection of portraits housed within the Palace, we will see works by Holbein, Van Dyke, Hogarth and Reynolds.
Following the tour we will enjoy light refreshments in this historic Palace.