Oxford Inscriptions: Beaumont Palace site
NEAR TO THIS SITE
STOOD THE KING’S HOUSES
LATER KNOWN AS
KING RICHARD I
WAS BORN HERE IN 1157
AND KING JOHN IN 1167
This stone set into the wall at the west end of Beaumont Street is understood to have been erected by Alan Brown, a former Vice-Provost of Worcester College. It was restored by Worcester College in 2004, after it was hit by a vehicle in 2003 and left lying in the hedge of 24 Beaumont Street.
Beaumont Palace was built by King Henry I outside Oxford’s North Gate, and he came to stay here at Easter 1133. Edward I was the last king to use it as a palace, and in 1275 it became a private dwelling when he granted it to an Italian lawyer, Francesco Accorsi, who had undertaken diplomatic missions for him.
By the middle of the fourteenth century the Sheriffs had permission to remove stone and timber from the palace to repair the castle, and in 1318 the remaining buildings were granted to the Carmelite friars.
Above: The remains of Beaumont Palace in 1785; Below: An engraving of the remains in 1800
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