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Henry VIII’s Lost Palaces: Brooke House

Brooke House has one of the saddest stories of any of Henry VIII’s lost palaces, since it was only demolished in the 1950s. Now nothing remains of the palace in which Henry VIII was reconciled to his eldest daughter, Princess Mary.

Henry VIII’s Lost Palaces: Bridewell Palace

Henry VIII’s main London residence from 1523 to 1530 served as a backdrop for some of the drama of the King’s Great Matter: Henry’s attempt to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, so that he could marry Anne Boleyn.

The Pier Towers without a pier

The Yorkshire seaside resort of Withernsea came into being as a result of Victorian railway expansion, with a pier being built as one of the first visitor attractions. The sorry tale of that North Sea pier is a short and disastrous one. But its story is not over yet.

Alligators and Art Nouveau at Great Yarmouth Hippodrome

The seafront Hippodrome at Great Yarmouth has been in continuous use as a circus since 1903. Its first owner made his name as a performer and knew how to please the crowds of Edwardian holidaymakers with daring shows and a venue that embraced the latest Art Nouveau style of design.

Henry VIII’s Lost Palaces: Esher Place

Only the gatehouse of the once lavish Esher Place remains, but step back in time to imagine the palace in its prime. It was a house of exile for Cardinal Wolsey and a place of mourning for Henry VIII, before serving as a private residence for the remainder of the sixteenth century. It even witnessed an early seventeenth century exorcism.