Doug Wall

Doug Wall

Posted on 01/10/2016

Photo taken on January 10, 2016

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Conquest House on Palace Street

Conquest House on Palace Street
On the right of the photo is Conquest House that, in 1170, was owned by a name named, apparently, Gilbert the Citizen. On 29 December of that year, four knights met at this house to decide what to do about Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was getting up the King’s nose, so to speak. Initially, two of them entered Bishop's Palace by force and remonstrated with Becket, trying to get him to remove the excommunication he had placed over several of the king's supporters. Well, that didn’t work so it seems they returned to Conquest House and gathered their weapons. In the meantime the archbishop's servants convinced him to retire to the cathedral, but it was no good, the knights pursued him there and carried on the argument which culminated in Becket being killed.
Conquest House has the front of a 17th-century timber-framed house, but behind it the much older building. It is now an antique shop.

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