Bishop’s Palace, Lincoln. Antique print of the administrative centre of medieval Lincoln, the Bishop’s Palace. When it was built in the late 12th century, the Bishop’s Palace was one of the most important buildings in England. Built by Hugh of Lincoln, its East Hall range over a vaulted under-croft is the earliest surviving example of a roofed domestic hall. The chapel range and entrance tower were built by Bishop William of Alnwick, who modernised the palace in the 1430s. Both Henry VIII and James I were guests of bishops here; the palace was sacked by royalist troops during the Civil War in 1648. Copper-plate engraving dated in the plate 12 Feb 1784. Size of engraved area approx 5x6ins. .