Countdown: 22 days to go to King Richard III’s reinterment.
Part of my upcoming trip to the UK will be spent in London, both before and after my visit to Leicester. I hope to see a few of these Ricardian places between pub visits. Note that this list is not exhaustive and not all items are on display, nor are all buildings open to the public. Please check individual websites for more information.
- Baynards Castle — residence, no longer exists.
- Church of All Hallows by the Tower — King Richard III is said to have rebuilt the chapel and a kneeler cushion has his name on it.
- British Museum — home of the Chiddingly Boar, likely distributed at King Richard III’s coronation and a Sword of State, possibly used by Richard to make his son into the Prince of Wales.
- College of Arms — founded by King Richard III in 1484, the present building was built after the Great Fire of London.
- Crosby Hall — one of King Richard III’s London bases. The building was moved to its current location of Cheyne Walk, Chelsea in the 20th century.
- The Erber — residence, no longer exists.
- Houses of Parliament — original building no longer exists as destroyed by fire in 1834. The Jewel Tower, which King Richard III would have known, still stands nearby.
- Lambeth Palace Library — King Richard III’s book of hours is kept here and will be on loan to Leicester Cathedral for his reinterment.
- Museum of London — home of a livery badge of King Richard III when he was Duke of Gloucester.
- National Portrait Gallery — home of the most famous portrait of King Richard III, as well as other portraits of Richard.
- Society of Antiquaries of London — the infamous broken sword portrait of King Richard III is held here, as well as the Golden Portrait (that’s what I call it).
- St. Helen’s Church — King Richard III worshipped here when staying at the then nearby Crosby Hall.
- St. Stephen’s Chapel (Palace of Westminster) — place of worship, no longer exists.
- Tower of London — King Richard III would have stayed here before his coronation and Hastings was executed on Tower Green.
- Wallace Collection — one of the more insipid paintings inspired by the Princes in the Tower’s legend.
- Westminster Abbey — the place of King Richard III’s coronation, the burial place of his wife Anne, and possibly resting place of the Princes in the Tower.
For more information, see Ricardian Britain (pdf).