The Blue Badge

East London Guides

Eltham Palace

This is an interior visit

Eltham Palace is a fascinating combination of a luxurious Art Deco home and an important medieval royal palace. Initially a moated manor house bought by Edward II in 1305, additions such as the impressive hammerbeam-roofed Great Hall in the 1470s created one of England's largest palaces for a succession of royals. Most famously, Henry VIII grew up here. After the Civil War (C17) the palace fell into decline for over 200 years and the Great Hall, once the scene of lavish feasts, was even used as a barn. In 1933 the palace was bought by Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, who restored the Great Hall and built their adjoining Art Deco home. Filled with opulently gilded interiors, the latest mod cons and cutting-edge design features, Eltham Palace once again became a hub for society entertaining.

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