16th & 17th Centuries: Royal Influences
It can reasonably be said that the history of the development of
Kew today began in the 16th and 17th centuries. Henry VII built
Richmond Palace in the 16th century, on the site of the earlier
royal house. He moved his court to the palace for the summer months
and fundamentally changed people's perceptions of the area.
Richmond’s Thames-side location meant the King and his courtiers
could sail to and from London, travelling quicker and more comfortably
than by road. The very presence of the court drew the nobles and
influential courtiers to the area, and the nearby village of Kew
grew rapidly over the next 100 years. By the 17th century Kew’s
place as a hub of power and political intrigue was firmly established.
Find out more.....
Lodge & the early development of Richmond Gardens
Field - the start of Kew Gardens
Farm & the Dutch House
to: Timeline overview
to: 1700-1772: Two Royal Gardens