The origins of Whitehall….

The palace of Whitehall is usually associated with Henry VIII, but a house called White Hall occupied the “plot” well before then:-

“….144 (f.52v, no.x’xvi). St. Martin in the Fields. 22 Oct. 1397. Charter of William Savage of London, William Skotte of Walpole, chaplain, and Thomas de Burgh, chaplain, granting with warranty to John de Holand, duke of Exeter, earl of Huntingdon and chamberlain of England, John Elys, knight, Master Richard Shelle, clerk, and Thomas Shelle, esquire, a messuage in Charing Cross called ‘le Whitehall‘ in the parish of St. Martin in the Fields, which they had by the grant of William de Beverle, clerk, and which was formerly of Richard atte Noke. It lies between the tenement formerly of Thomas Trillowe called ‘le Vyne‘ in which Richard Palmer now lives, to the east — which tenement called ‘le Vyne‘ extends for 53% yards of 3 feet from the king‘s highway in the north to the river Thames in the south — and the garden of the prior of St. John of Jerusalem to the west. The tenement called ‘Whitehall‘ extends in length from the king’s highway to the north to the River Thames to the south as defined by metes and bounds. Witnesses: William de Norton, John Welnorle, Richard Palmer, John de Wighton, John Warwyk.

“….145 (f-.53, no.xxvii). St. Martin in the Fields. 23 Oct. 1397. Quitclaim of John Elys, knight, to Thomas Shelle, esquire, of the messuage called ‘le Whitehall‘ described above [no.144].…”

I’m afraid I cannot provide a link to where I found the above passage, because the one I’ve recorded no longer works. I can only say it originated with the Wiltshire Record Society. Nor can I say when, exactly, White Hall first came into existence, but Henry VIII definitely came later on!

If you go to this very interesting site you can read all about White Hall’s subsequent history.


1 comment

  1. Yeah, a quitclaim in conveyance ought to do the trick when passing property on, but they were very specific on the location, it seems.

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