Greenwich

Tudor Palace built for Henry VII between 1500 and 1504 with a design based around three large courtyards.

The birthplace of King Henry VIII in 1491, and following his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, the birthplace of Mary I in February 1516.

After his marriage to Anne Boleyn, his daughter, later Queen Elizabeth I, was born at here in 1533.

Henry VIII married Anne of Cleves here in 1540.

Both Mary and Elizabeth lived at Greenwich, during the sixteenth century.

During the reigns of James I and Charles I, the Queen’s House was built to the south of the Palace.

Greenwich Palace fell into disrepair during the English Civil War, when it was used as a biscuit factory and a prisoner-of-war camp.

In 1660, Charles II decided to rebuild the Palace, engaging John Webb as the architect. The only section to be completed was the east range of the present King Charles Court, which was never occupied as a royal residence.

Most of the rest of the Tudor palace was demolished, and the site remained empty until construction of the Greenwich Hospital began in 1694.

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