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YORK WATERGATE, SOLE SURVIVAL OF A PALACE OF THE STRAND

YORK WATERGATE, SOLE SURVIVAL OF A PALACE OF THE STRAND

All along the Strand there were great houses, or rather palaces, and the most splendid was York House. It started as the London residence of the Archbishops of York and later passed to the Crown. After this, it was the official lodging of the Lord Keeper and, as such, the home of Sir Nicholas Bacon, father of Francis Bacon, who was born here in 1561. Then the Duke of Buckingham got it, and Villiers Street, at whose end the Watergate stands, commemorates his family name. In 1672 the property was sold,

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