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Old 02-13-2014, 08:39 PM
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It was at Eltham Palace that King Edward III rescued King John II of France when he returned to England as a voluntary exile in 1364.
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:36 AM
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I've been to Eltham Palace a number of times, it's a lovely place and would recommend it.

A short background of the Palace, written from memory:

It was owned by the Tudors in the 14/1500s; Henry VIII and his siblings spent most of their childhood there. The original parts of the Palace that are still standing today are the Great Hall, moat and a wall in the garden. In the 1930s, it was owned by a couple called Stephen and Virginia Courthold, who re-decorated it in the Art Deco style. (The Palace was considered to be "cutting edge" at the time.) They had a pet lemur, Mah-jong (as in the board game), whose cage had it's own central heating, sounds and smells (?) to remind him of his natural habitat. Nowadays, the Palace is owned by English Heritage.

Some more information about the Palace:

Eltham Palace - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Eltham Palace London
Eltham Palace and Gardens | English Heritage

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Stephen and Virgina's Art Deco Hall ~ Bird's Eye View ~ Great Hall ~ The Courtaulds at the Palace ~ View of the Palace ~ Another View of the Palace
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:16 PM
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HereditaryPrincess, Cousin Laurence was overwhelmed by the majestic beauty of Eltham Palace. He especially liked the aerial view (Bird's Eye View).
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Love the view with that ancient bridge in front of the building.
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:57 PM
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I'm glad you both enjoyed the photos. Just incase you and anyone else was interested, here are some more photos of the Palace, including one of Virginia Courthold's amazing golden bath:

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HereditaryPrincess and An Ard Ri, the photographs get lovelier and lovelier!!!
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:49 PM
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At Eltham Palace King Richard II installed a ballroom and a garden for the Queen.
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:54 PM
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Eltham Palace was once a manor house in the English countryside.

In 1295 Anthony Bek, Bishop of Durham gave Eltham Palace to Prince Edward (the future Edward II).
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:58 PM
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In 1475 to 1480 King Edward IV built a splendid Great Hall at Eltham Palace.

Geoffrey Chaucer the poet, as Clerk of the King's Works, was in charge of improvements carried out during the reign of Richard II.
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The French chronicler, Jean Froissart, described Eltham as "a very magnificent palace".

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Old 03-13-2014, 05:07 PM
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When Henry VIII was the King of England, a new chapel was built at Eltham Palace.

Henry's daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, gave the royal apartments a new west front.


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John of Eltham (1316-1336) was the second son of King Edward II and Queen Isabella.
John was born at Eltham Palace.
He was named "Guardian of the Realm" when his older brother, King Edward III, was away from England.
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