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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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Name: Charleen
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Ridesredmule
Aug 13, 2010 6:23 AM CST
Another great Article. Enjoyed the tour of the gardens, this one I feel you enjoyed much. All the gardens were beautiful but the sunken gardens were Indeed, Wonderful.
Thank you for another great article, I do look forward to the next one.
Thank you, Dear friend.
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NEILMUIR1
Aug 13, 2010 6:41 AM CST
Dear Charleen, i am glad you enjoyed it!
Thank you for your most kind comments!
Love to Charley!
Regards.
Neil.
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Miniature Gardening Mules Tip Photographer I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Level 2 Seller of Garden Stuff Butterflies Birds Region: Georgia
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Ridesredmule
Aug 13, 2010 9:19 AM CST
Charley was enchanted by the herbgarden. Wants to see the fruit orchards, he says they have to be somewhere. I willhave to get him an apple, poor Charley. It was a wonderful tour, I liked it. Thanks.
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stormyla
Aug 14, 2010 11:53 PM CST
Neil, I must say you really do a fabulous job with these wonderful articles. The volume of your output is amazing. The quality of your research, layout and photographs is truly superb. Thank you for bring them to us.
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Aug 15, 2010 2:14 AM CST
Dear Stormy, thank you very much for your most kind comments. I am pleased you enjoyed the first part of the Article and hope that you look out for the second part which will be out soon. Believe it or not it is sometimes harder to work out where to go next than to do the Articles! I like to do different Articles so everyone gets to look at something that interests them. Hence a modern Palace but with wonderful Gardens, the best of both worlds. It is not easy all the time, especially as I have no transport so do most of them by walking!
Kindest Regards.
Neil.
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boojum
Aug 16, 2010 3:44 PM CST
These articles are so wonderful, Neil. Can't wait for part 2!!!!!
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NEILMUIR1
Aug 16, 2010 4:18 PM CST
Dear Kathy, thank you so much for your support! I will keep trying to please some of the people some of the time!
Regards.
Neil.
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boojum
Aug 16, 2010 6:13 PM CST
Yes!
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NEILMUIR1
Aug 16, 2010 6:18 PM CST
Dear Kathy, Part 2 of my Article is at http://cubits.org/Neil/articles/view/579/
Regards.
Neil.
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Miniature Gardening Mules Tip Photographer I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
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Ridesredmule
Aug 17, 2010 7:08 AM CST
They just keep getting better. Loved our walk.

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