Friday, November 29, 2019

The Lost Village of Cuddington

From Surrey Live:
Henry VIII is best remembered for his six wives, and more brutally for beheading two of them, in his desire to produce a son to become his heir to the throne. Indeed, the infamous Tudor monarch burned a reputation into the pages of history for wielding his power in order to get what he wanted. Most notably when, with the help of his adviser, Thomas Cromwell, he got parliament to pass a law to make him head of the Church of England in order to annul his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Never one to be afraid to throw his weight around, the red-headed food-loving former king of England's greedy eyes also fell on a peaceful tiny village in Surrey. (Read more.)

From My London:
Measuring just 1,859 acres, tucked between Ewell and Cheam, once stood the tiny Anglo Saxon village of Cuddington. Thought to have originated as early as the 8th Century, by 1538 it had been built up to include a church, manor house and a handful of farms. In that same year, all that had been built before would be swept away when Henry VIII bought the manor house from Richard Codington and his wife, Elizabeth. With the birth of his first son, Edward VI, having come six months before, and wanting to outshine his rival, King Francois I of France, Henry decided he wanted to build the grandest of palaces. It was Cuddington that Henry looked to as the perfect piece of land to commission the building of what would later be known as Nonsuch Palace. (Read more.)

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