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Eltham Palace: once Medieval and now Art Deco – part three of my ‘Jolly.’

May 10, 2016

Jane Risdon tales us on a fascinating tour of Eltham Palace and grounds.

Jane Risdon

Eltham Palace (c) Jane Risdon 2016Eltham Palace (c) Jane Risdon 2016

Welcome to part three of my recent ‘Jollies’.

In addition to our fab visits to Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral

we visited the amazing

Eltham Palace

set in 19 acres of stunning gardens in Eltham, Greenwich, London.

Eltham Palace Great Hall (c) Jane Risdon 2016Eltham Palace Great Hall (c) Jane Risdon 2016

The palace was once an important royal palace, hosting Kings, Queens, and international statesmen.

It’s one of the few medieval palaces to survive with substantial remains intact, and was one of only six royal residences large enough to accommodate and feed the entire Tudor court of 800 plus people.

The court continued to host famous visitors there until well into the 16th century. These included John II of France defeated at the Battle of Poitiers, visiting on his way back to France and who was accompanied by Jean Froissart, who chronicled the event later. Froissart later returned to…

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