The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4
Guard House, Savoy Palace.
This building was secured by a strong buttress, and had a gateway, embellished with Henry the 's arms, and the badges of the rose and portcullis; above which were windows, projecting into a semi-sexagon. The west front of the chapel adjoining had nothing particular to recommend it, the windows and doors partaking of that wretched style into which the florid enrichments of our ancestors had degenerated it, in the reign of Henry VIII. On the east side was the burial ground, raised steps higher than the floor of the chapel; at the south end a small tower, perfectly plain, on the east side of a centrical mounted guard. A few diminutive trees overshadowed the mouldering walls, and gave a picturesque character to the place.