Eltham, until 1889, was actually in the civil parish of Kent. However, Eltham has been part of many parishes over the years. Eltham dates back to as early as the 6th century and its boundary history is actually quite confusing. Eltham is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, though. So, rather than try and shed light on how Eltham became the beautiful place it is, let’s look at its important location, shall we?
Eltham lies on a high plateau. This may not have much relevance to us now, but that fact and its location close to the routes to the English Channel ports in Kent meant that it was the perfect place for a palace. Eltham Palace has seen some extremely important visitors throughout the years. It was, for a while, the King of England’s palace. So it had just as much importance as Buckingham palace does now.
Eltham Palace and the nearby Well Hall have actually been integral parts of the running of England for a lot of its years. So, while Well Hall House, as it was later known, was demolished in 1931, Eltham Palace still offers us a glimpse at Eltham’s importance throughout the growth of England and the protection of it too.