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Inventory Site Record

Wardrobe Place (City of London)

Brief Description

Wardrobe Place is so-called after the King's Great Wardrobe, which housed the Crown's storage of clothing and arms. It was moved from the Tower of London to Lombard Street in 1311 and then in the 1360s to a house here that Edward III purchased from Sir John Beauchamp. The Wardrobe was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666 and the buildings in Wardrobe Place today date from the C18th and C19th. It is reached through an archway from Carter Lane, a paved courtyard laid out with a few trees and seats.

Practical Information
Site location:
Wardrobe Place off St Andrew's Hill/Carter Lane
Postcode:
EC4
What 3 Words:
blur.origin.sober
Type of site:
Square
Borough:
City of London
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport:
Tube: St Paul's (Central); Blackfriars (District, Circle)
Research updated:
01/11/2002
Last minor changes:
19/07/2023

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Full Site Description

A pleasant paved courtyard with 4 trees reached through an archway from Carter Lane, Wardrobe Place is so-called after the King's Great Wardrobe, which housed the Crown's storage of clothing and arms. The Wardrobe was moved from the Tower of London to Lombard Street in 1311 and then in the 1360s to a house here, which was purchased by Edward III from Sir John Beauchamp. The Wardrobe was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666, and a plaque on the site records this. in 1720 Strype observed that 'the Garden of the King's Wardrobe is converted into a large and square court, with good houses'. This subsequently became known as Wardrobe Place. The courtyard has a number of C18th houses including No. 2 built in the early C18th, Nos. 3 and 5 of c.1714 and Wardrobe House in the south, 1881. The east side has the backs of late C19th buildings on Addle Hill. The brickwork of No. 6 has the remnants of a painted sign, ‘Snashall & Son. Printers, Stationers and Account Book Manufacturers’, indicating the former use of the building.

Sources consulted:

Simon Bradley & Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England, London 1: The City of London', 1997 (1999 ed.); St Paul's Cathedral Conservation Area SPD, 2013

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ318810 (531872,181037)
Size in hectares:
0.0399
Site ownership:
City of London Corporation
Site management:
Open Spaces Dept.
Date(s):
C18th on
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
LBII: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5A, 5B Wardrobe Place and adjoining archway
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

No
Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

No
Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:

No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No
In Conservation Area:
Yes
Conservation Area name:
St Paul's Cathedral
Tree Preservation Order:
No
Nature Conservation Area:
No
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
Yes
Special Policy Area:
Yes - St Paul's Heights Policy Area
Other LA designation:
Strategic Viewing Corridor
Photos

Wardrobe Place

Wardrobe Place, November 2002. Photo: S Williams

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