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Outing to Eltham Palace and the Rangers House

12th July 2011

We were blessed with glorious weather for this outing which in the end was not marred by the late arrival of the coach. The original medieval Eltham Palace was the childhood home of Henry VIII. Only the great hall and some external defence walls remain. These were imaginatively incorporated into the Art Deco home of the Courtauld family in the 1930s. The house was full of fascinating period detail and gave an insight into life at that time. An excellent lunch at the Ranger's House in Greenwich Park was followed by a tour of the sparkling Wernher Collection. Something of the enjoyment of the day can be gathered from the comments of those who came and from the selection of photographs below.

The Mediaeval Great Hall and Magnificent Hammerbeam Ceiling, Eltham Palace

"A fascinating glimpse of the lives of the fabulously rich in two bygone ages."

"Another different trip - Art Deco, Henry VIII and the eclectic collection of a very wealthy person in a splendid house - all very enjoyable."

"There was an interesting similarity with the interior of the old Queen Mary liner and the Courtaulds' entrance hall."

"Comfortable and Art Deco are not two words I would put together. However, the visit gave me food for thought."

The Art Deco Dining Room with it's Aluminium Ceiling, Eltham Palace.

"One of the outstanding aspects of the trip for me was the courtesy, kindness and patience of the staff with whom we dealt."

"Time spent in the Wernher Collection was most interesting from three aspects: the history of the house, the life and times of the Wernher Collection and, of course, the fascinating collection of paintings, sculpture and jewellery."

"The day was greatly enhanced by the excellent lunch. Having it included provided a good chance to chat to others."

"What a wonderful selection of roses in Greenwich Park next to the Ranger's House - 172 different varieties."

The Red Drawing Room, Ranger's House displaying part of the Wernher Collection.