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Historic Royal Palaces Series
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UK £12.95
Paperback with flaps
128 pages
180 illustrations
28.5 x 23 cm (11.25 x 9.25 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4323-7
Not available in North America
The Official Illustrated History

Susanne Groom and Lee Prosser

Kew Palace, which stands in the world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens in south-west London, is Britain’s smallest royal palace and the third building to bear that name. Built in 1631 as a merchant’s house, it later became the home of George III, Queen Charlotte and their large family, and a private place of recuperation for the so-called ‘mad’ king during his illness. Around the palace, the eighteenth-century royal pleasure grounds gradually evolved into the world’s centre for botanical study, shaped by Charles Bridgeman, ‘Capability’ Brown and others, and adorned with important garden buildings by William Chambers.


Tells the compelling story of Kew Palace from its use by the royal family in the eighteenth century to its repair and re-presentation in 2006
In the same series as Merrell’s highly successful official illustrated histories of Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace and the Tower of London

Published in association with Historic Royal Palaces

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Author Profiles

Susanne Groom is a consultant curator at Historic Royal Palaces, London. She is the co-author of Kew Palace: The Official Illustrated History (Merrell, 2006).

Lee Prosser is Curator (Historic Buildings) at Historic Royal Palaces, London.
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With the help of striking illustrations and stunning photographs the book documents Kew Palace’s undulating fortunes

Period Living & Traditional Homes

This fascinating guidebook yields much more than a history of the palace … beautifully produced … A must for the Kew enthusiast

London Society Journal