Lambeth Palace is the last survivor of the great London seats of the Bishops along the south bank of the Thames and owned by Archbishops of Canterbury since about 1200. Behind the walls is a complex of domestic buildings, largely medieval and wholly picturesque, which is of great interest and merit. The Palace has a rich collection of portraits, a fascinating set of variations on the theme of lawn sleeves, from Holbein’s famous dour painting of Archbishop Warham to an admirable Van Dyck of Laud. Above all, Lambeth Palace is the home of the Archibishop of Canterbury and his family and this is reflected in the Fine Rooms by the personal photographs and memorabilia throughout the rooms.

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