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Eltham Palace: 1930s Art Deco Palace & Gardens versus the Ancient (Part 1)

By NEILMUIR1
August 13, 2010

Eltham Palace is a place of many contrasts. First recorded in the Domesday book in 1086 AD, it was then owned by the Bishop of Bayeaux. In 1305 it was given to the Crown and taken over by King Edward II, a succession of monarchs then extended and improved it including King Henry IV and King Edward IV. King Henry VIII grew up here and both he and his daughter Queen Elizabeth I also added to it! The Last Royal resident was King Charles I, who lost the Palace and his life during the English civil war in 1648 when a lot of the Palace was demolished. It was during the 18th century that it was used as a barn, until in the 19th century people called for it to be restored! In 1933 the Courtaulds, a very rich family, leased the land and built an Art Deco Palace attached to the Great Hall that was built in 1470. As you will see they also did a bit to the Garden.

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Aug 12, 2010 6:55 PM CST
I really like the way you give us the view as you take your walks through the amazing gardens you share. Your photos superb as always, almost like being there....
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Aug 12, 2010 7:05 PM CST
Absolutely amazing! Thank you.
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NEILMUIR1
Aug 12, 2010 7:13 PM CST
Thank you very much for your most kind comments. I do put a lot of work into them, but it is enjoyable work, well the walking around Gardens is the best bit! I am glad you enjoyed it and hope that you will look out for Part 2.
Kindest Regards.
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cececoogan
Aug 12, 2010 8:32 PM CST
Great Neil, I loved this one very much. It is amazing what we can all learn from you. Thank you for doing this for all of us................
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Aug 12, 2010 9:20 PM CST
Another great article, and awesome photo tour! Thank you so much!
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NEILMUIR1
Aug 13, 2010 1:53 AM CST
Thank you for your comments, I am so glad you liked it!
Watch out for Part 2!
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Aug 13, 2010 6:22 AM CST
Magnificent, Thank you Thumbs up
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NEILMUIR1
Aug 13, 2010 6:43 AM CST
Deat Doris, thank you for your comments!
You can get scones and cream on the south lawn, how pleasant!
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Neil.
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kareoke
Aug 13, 2010 7:29 AM CST
Neil I just knew you would have something waiting for me, Big Grin
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NEILMUIR1
Aug 13, 2010 10:25 AM CST
Dear Doris, at least it is a nice something!
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Neil.
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Aug 13, 2010 11:04 AM CST
What can I say other than WOW
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NEILMUIR1
Aug 13, 2010 11:07 AM CST
Dear Doris, you could say no Charley you are not eating them all!
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kareoke
Aug 13, 2010 11:09 AM CST
Charlie don't you DARE touch those, they are MINE.
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Aug 13, 2010 4:33 PM CST
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Petalpants
Aug 26, 2010 1:11 PM CST
Neil, what a wonderful article, and fantastic photos! Finally got to read this, and enjoyed every fact and picture; I really liked that sunken garden... esp. the wall, with different kinds of bricks and stones! Thanks for your hard work, as always~ I tip my hat to you.
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NEILMUIR1
Aug 26, 2010 1:27 PM CST
Dear Connie, nice to see you back after your absence. I do hope you and the family are well? Hope you enjoy the Articles on The Crystal Palace as well!
Big Hugs.
Neil.

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