Located in South East London the current house was built by Stephen and Virginia Courtauld in the 1930s on the site of an original palace. The building was designed to be an elaborate home in the Art Deco style. The dramatic Entrance Hall was created by the Swedish designer Rolf Engströmer. However, the outstanding feature is the Great Hall, which is the only remaining part of the original palace and which boasts the third-largest hammerbeam roof in England. The Courtaulds restored the Great Hall adding a minstrels gallery to it.
The original palace was given to Edward II in 1305 by the Bishop of Durham and was in regular use as a royal residence during the 14th to the 16th century. It has a notable history during this period and a young Henry VIII grew up there.
Although the roof of the Great Hall had been badly damaged by a bomb in September 1940, the Courtaulds remained at Eltham until 1944 after which the Royal Army Educational Corps took over the building. The Corps remained there until 1992.
In 1995 English Heritage assumed management of the palace and in 1999, having completed major repairs and restorations of the interiors and gardens, the palace and its garden were opened to the public. A 15th-century bridge still crosses the moat. It has been said that internally the Art Deco house is a masterpiece of modern design. It can be hired for weddings and other functions.
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