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Description: Walls of Inner Courtyard to Eltham Palace, with Chambers Adjoining
Date Listed: 8 June 1973
English Heritage Building ID: 200289
OS Grid Reference: TQ4242874058
OS Grid Coordinates: 542428, 174058
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4476, 0.0482
4412 COURT YARD SE9
Walls of inner courtyard
to Eltham Palace, with
TQ 4274 53/W33A
TQ 4273 59/W33A
Palace founded by Bishop Antony Bec of Durham, circa 1300 but most of visible
building now seems to be of late C15 or C16. Red brick walls on stone foundations
of varying heights form a rough quadrangle around the Great Hall. The lower
walls of a series of chambers built against the West Wall have recently been
excavated. These are of roughly dressed stone, with smaller rubble filling,
and rest on stone foundations. Some brick walling remains above. Part of floor
of North-West room remains, sloping to a central gutter. A vaulted, drain- like
passage runs west from well to wall above moat. Part of foundations of chapel
exposed just South of well. Another passage, with 4-centred arched entrance,
runs in from South-East angle. Inner North wall, of red brick, has small openings
with gauged brick round arches. A short piece of wall, with 2 4-centred arches,
runs south from South-east angle of bridge.
From outside the walls are much higher, with 20 or 25 ft of stone foundation
running down to moat, and about 8 ft of brick wall above, some of which is defined
by pilasters, plinth and coping, forming sunk panels. Towers at angles at South-east
a small square turret, largely brick; at north-east a small, square tower; at
north-west a large, square projecting angle tower; and at south-west 5 brick
turrets or large buttresses-with distinct diaper of blue headers. Also along
West Wall a range of brick towers coming much lower on the stone foundation than
the other walls. Passages, possibly drains, run out from these towers. A pair
of squarer stone towers, with brick upper parts, about half way along West wall.
Running out from South-west corner a tall passage or drain with ventilation holes.
Brick buttress with diaper pattern to east of its issue.
Listing NGR: TQ4242874058
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