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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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vic
Aug 17, 2010 3:26 PM CST
Oh Neil, what wonderful adventures you take us on.

The photos are beyond words.

I was going to ask you if the building(s) had been electrified in the remodeling but I saw outside light fixtures so I guess they lit it Smiling

Off to read Part 2 - can't wait.

THANKS again!

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NEILMUIR1
Aug 17, 2010 4:00 PM CST
Dear Vicki, a pleasure! I am so glad you enjoyed it, that makes it all worthwhile.
Off out again tomorrow to see what else I can find.
Regards.
Neil.

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