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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.
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.
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!
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.|
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.|
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!|
Aug 16, 2010 3:44 PM CST
|These articles are so wonderful, Neil. Can't wait for part 2!!!!!|
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!|
Aug 16, 2010 6:18 PM CST
|Dear Kathy, Part 2 of my Article is at http://cubits.org/Neil/article...|
Aug 17, 2010 7:08 AM CST
|They just keep getting better. Loved our walk.|
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