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KENSINGTON PALACE, TRANSFORMED FROM A PRIVATE HOUSE FOR WILLIAM III

KENSINGTON PALACE, TRANSFORMED FROM A PRIVATE HOUSE FOR WILLIAM III

In 1680, William III, who abhorred the London fogs which beset his palace at Whitehall, decided that Kensington would be healthier and bought Nottingham House, the property of Sir Heneage Finch, son of the Lord Chancellor who had built it. The king instructed Wren to turn the place into suitable premises for royalty, and out of Nottingham House, Kensington Palace grew. A garden was laid out between the palace and the high road, which was remade by the Office of Works. Here we see the Cupola Room (bottom), and the South Front (top)

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