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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: Susan
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Oct 17, 2010 10:02 AM CST
Thanks for the tour. The Flying Butressess
and all the stone work is fascinating. Beautiful shots of the borders.
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NEILMUIR1
Oct 17, 2010 1:58 PM CST
Dear Susan, thank you for your comments, I admit to never having been in a Tudor Toilet before, but it was most interesting.
However it cannot ever beat the sight of this, Winchester Cathedral!
A Quarter of a mile long and nearly 1000 years old and floats on oak logs. Just incredible how they built this thing no power tools then or scaffolding!
Regards from a freezing England.
Neil.
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