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Eltham Palace: 1930s Art Deco Palace & Gardens versus the Ancient (Part 1)

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: Nancy or \"Hap\"
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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Aug 13, 2010 6:37 AM CST
Again, Neil, beautiful.

What is their worry about cameras inside? Do they think that you will copy it for your home? Maybe it's a security problem and they don't want photos of the system. If it is not that, it is a terrible shame. Is it currently lived in? What was the Great Hall used for originally?

I know, I know, I'm a pest.


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Name: Neil
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Aug 13, 2010 7:02 AM CST
Dear Nancy, the Great Hall was used for lavish Banquets for the Kings and Queens, Noblemen and the clergy!
After the palace was demolished in the English Civil War, the Great Hall fell into disrepair and end up being used as a barn. Then it started to be restored until they allowed someone to build a 1930s House there and call it a palace. This would not be allowed nowadays but was in the 1930s because the couple were rich!
Hope that answers your question.
Name: Eileen
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Aug 13, 2010 9:44 AM CST
Dear Neil, more happy memories, its a while since we went to Eltham Palace and the gardens were not as nice as they are now, I particularly liked the sea holly and the white lupins, we must go back there one day. carry on the good work, look forward to part II Eileen.
I do hope you enjoy these as much as I have making them.

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