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Eltham Palace Roof
Said to be the third largest example of a hammer beam roof in the UK, built to cover the great hall of the palace built for Edward 1V in the 15th century south of London.

eltham palace roof

Situated within the London Borough of Greenwich Eltham palace was built for the Bishop of Durham who gave the house to King Edward 11 in 1305. It was used as a royal residence by the kings of England from the 14th to the 16th centuries.

eltham palace hammer beam roof

the hammer post ,detail of the pendant

Edward 1V built the great hall between 1473-1485. Similar to the Hampton Court roof, this one is also of the pendent style.

In the 17th century the house was damaged in the civil war and fell into disrepair. It stood derelict and there are records of the great hall with its magnificent roof being used as a barn by tenant farmers. One source has the hall being repaired in 1894-5, 1903 and 1911-14, and again in 1933 when it passed into the hands of the Courtard family.

The hammer beam roof as it stands today has been renovated but it is hard to tell what parts if any are original. It has been managed since 1995 by English heritage and though it is said to be the third largest of it's type in England no dimension seem to be available.

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