Kew Palace

John Hare

Thornton-Cleveleys, United Kingdom

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Kew Palace
Historically significant for its association with the Royal family, Kew Palace (formerly known as the Dutch House) is the earliest surviving building in the Gardens. It was built around 1631 by Samuel Fortrey, a merchant of Dutch origin, and is noted for its distinctive decorative carved brickwork and rounded gables.
It was used intermittently as a royal residence between 1728 and 1898. Initially, while her husband George II was extending Richmond Gardens, Queen Caroline leased several parcels of land and buildings in the hamlet of Kew which included Kew Palace.
George II and Queen Caroline’s son, Prince Frederick, married Princess Augusta and after Frederick’s untimely death in 1751, it was Augusta who effectively established the botanic gardens of today.
From 1760, when he became king, her son, George III lived in various properties around Kew, principally Richmond Lodge and the White House. After his plans for a new palace were dashed, he bought Kew Palace in 1781 to accommodate his new family. It became their family home.
After Queen Charlotte died in 1818, Kew Palace was closed. In December 1896, Queen Victoria agreed to Kew’s acquisition of the Palace, providing there was no alteration to the room in which Queen Charlotte died. In 1898, the palace passed to the Department of Works and opened to the public.
In the 1960s the Queen’s Garden was created in its grounds by Sir George Taylor, then the Director of Kew. It is of 17th century style and contains only those plants known to have been grown in the period.
Kew Palace is in the trust of Historic Royal Palaces. The palace has recently under-gone a highly acclaimed ten year restoration, and is now open to the public once more. The ground and first floor rooms have been lovingly restored to their opulent Georgian splendour, while the second floor has remained in an untouched state for centuries.
http://www.kew.org/heritage/places/kew-palace.html

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