Eltham Palace was given to Edward II in 1305 by the Bishop of Durham, and used as a royal residence in the 14-16th cent. According to one account the incident that inspired Edward III's foundation of the Order of the Garter took place here. As the favourite palace of Henry IV it played host to the only Byzantine emperor ever to visit England. The young Henry VIII also grew up here; it was here that he met and impressed the scholar Erasmus in 1499 introduced by Thomas More.
Entrance hall to Eltham Palace, with domed glass roof and curved wood-lined walls. 1933. Once the childhood home of Henry VIII, it was acquired by an American couple, (Cortauld) and rebuilt in an extravagant art deco style.
Art Deco Eltham Palace view from the Dining Room - 1936 - Architects: Seeley and Paget - Eltham Palace and Gardens is available for Civil Wedding and Civil Partnership ceremonies - http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/book-and-buy/venue-hire/wedding/eltham-palace/
Eltham Palace. This is where Henry VIII grew up with his sisters Margaret and Mary, also his mother Elizabeth. Of course, at this stage Henry was destined for the church and not the throne. Henry's older brother Arthur was heir to the throne. Arthur passed away unexpectedly from consumption, therefore Henry would ascend the throne and change England in the most radical way that no contemporaries at the time could have predicted.