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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: Jeri Nicholson
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jeri11
Aug 19, 2010 9:37 PM CST
I really enjoyed the tour!!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful pictures!!!! I absolutely admire the bridge in the second picture. I would love to see it all in person one day!!!
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Aug 20, 2010 2:28 AM CST
Dear Jeri, thank you for most kind comments. As with any Articles you can never show it all, in fact with the pictures I took I could probably have doen 5 Articles and it still would not have done it justice.
The only way is to walk around yourself and find all the hidden secrets.
Regards.
Neil.
Name: Jeri Nicholson
City of Central, La.
Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Level 2 I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Bromeliad Hummingbirder
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jeri11
Aug 20, 2010 7:31 AM CST
You are quiet welcome and I look forward to more installments then of this very interesting architect and amazing gardens.
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Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out."

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