Kew Palace; 2009
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actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Kew Palace; 2009

Torla Evans

© Museum of London

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Kew Palace is the smallest of the British royal palaces. It was built by Samuel Fortrey, a Dutch merchant in around 1631. It was later purchased by George III. The construction method is known as Flemish bond and involves laying the bricks with long and short sides alternating. This and the gabled front tend to give the construction a definite Dutch appearance.

To the rear of the building is the "Queen's Garden" which includes a collection of plants believed to have medicinal qualities. Only plants that were extant in England by the seventeenth century are grown in the garden.

The building underwent significant restoration before being opened to the public in 2006.





2009 AD - 2009 AD

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