Crosby Hall, London

Crosby Hall, London

Crosby Hall
Location Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London
Built 1466 (Great Hall and Parlour)
1910 (Remainder)
Listed Building – Grade II*
Official name: Crosby Hall
Designated 24 June 1954[1]
Reference no. 203744
Crosby Hall, London is located in Greater London
Crosby Hall, London
Location of Crosby Hall in Greater London

Crosby Hall is a historic building of London, now sited in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. It is a Grade II* listed building.[1]


The Great Hall is the only surviving part of the medieval mansion of Crosby Hall, Bishopsgate, in the City of London, which was built in 1466 by the wool merchant, Sir John Crosby. By 1483, the Duke of Gloucester, later Richard III, had acquired the Bishopsgate property from the original owner's widow.[2] The Hall was used as one of his London homes.[2] It was used as the setting for a scene in William Shakespeare's Richard III.[3] In the reign of Henry VIII it belonged to Antonio Bonvisi.[4]

Following a fire in 1672 only the Great Hall and Parlour wing of the mansion survived, it then became a Presbyterian Meeting House and then a warehouse with an inserted floor.[1]

In 1910, the mediaeval structure was reprieved from threatened demolition and moved stone by stone to its present site. The neo-Tudor brick additions designed by Walter Godfrey were constructed around it. The move was paid for by the Bank of India, who had purchased the Bishopsgate site to build offices.[5]

Godfrey also added the north wing in 1925-6 as a women's university hall of residence.

Crosby Hall was bought in 1989 by Christopher Moran, a businessman who is the Chairman of Co-operation Ireland.

Notable residents at the original site

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Crosby Hall".  
  2. ^ a b Amy Licence. Anne Neville: Richard III's Tragic Queen, Amberley Publishing. 2013.
  3. ^ "Local architecture". Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  4. ^  
  5. ^ Crosby Hall (re-erected)', Survey of London: volume 4: Chelsea, pt II"'". British History Online. 1913. pp. 15–17. 

Further reading

  • Knight, Charles. London, volume 1 (1841) pp. 317–332.