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A South View of Eltham, commonly called King John's Palace in Kent

A South View of Eltham, commonly called King John's Palace in Kent

Artist: Lens, AB

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1760

Shelfmark: Kotp XVI

Item number: 52 c

Genre: Topographical Drawing

This former royal manor house was developed into a magnificent palace during the 15th and 16th centuries. It became known as King John's palace after John II of France was held captive here by Edward III.

Henry VIII was a frequent resident and issued his Eltham Ordnances from here in 1525. Daniel Defoe commented in the 1720's: "Queen Elizabeth was often carry'd, as they say, to Eltham by her nurses to suck in the wholesome air of that agreeable place; but at present there are few or no signs of the old palace to be seen."

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