- Sir William Powlet, lord St. John, afterwards marquis of Winchester, purchased part of the site of the Augustine Friars house and church after the dissolution, temp. H. VIII. and erected a great house on the site of the domestic buildings called " Powlet House " and afterwards "Winchester Place" (S. 177), and 31 H. VIII. 1539 (L. and P. H. VIII. XIV. Pt. I, p.421).The house was pulled d9wn 1839, and "Great Winchester Street," "Little Winchester Street" (q.v.) were afterwards built on and now occupy the site.A portion of the old house was in existence in 1844.The Pay Office (q.v.) for the Navy was here at one time (See Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii 132).In Howel's time, 1657, it was called " Winchester House " and was occupied as a Glass House by the Spanish Ambassador and for the Excise Office (p.71).
A Dictionary of London. Henry A Harben. 1918.
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