Morton’s Gatehouse, Lambeth Palace


In Survey of London: Volume 23, Lambeth: South Bank and Vauxhall (Roberts, H., & Godfrey, W. H., Eds. (1951). Lambeth Palace, 81-103.), British History Online provided access to the history of ‘The Gateway or Morton’s Tower’, built 1490-1495 by John Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury in 1486-1501.  The link above will also connect the reader to additional information about the gatehouse, and includes some beautiful sketches of building details.

Morton’s tower is one of the few surviving examples of the early Tudor style of brick building.  The only comparable building in the neighbourhood of London is the old palace of Hatfield which was also built by Cardinal Morton. (Roberts & Godfrey)

Like many of the buildings I photographed in London, this was from the top deck of the hop-on hop-off, and of course, I had no idea of the significance or import of the building.  Like always, I just liked the way it looked, and its juxtaposition with a modern glass and steel building.  The Parliament View Apartments are in the glass building, and as suitably named, can have views of Parliament.  The second partially visible building is the Westminster Tower, a 600 foot tall tower designed by Richard Seifort, built by John Mowlam and Company between 1971 and 1980.  It was originally named the National Westminster Tower (aka NatWest).  However, the building of import is Morton’s Tower.

The gateway is described as five-storey towers on either side of the entrance, “built in fine red brick relieved in places by diaperwork formed of black header bricks.  The Tudor style building includes stone quoins and bands, crenellated towers and is still in use.

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1 Response to Morton’s Gatehouse, Lambeth Palace

  1. Pingback: The Great Hall, Morton’s Gatehouse, St. Mary-at-Lambeth, and The Perspective | Suzassippi's Lottabusha County Chronicles

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