Architectural historian Manolo Guerci introduces the subject of his new book, London's 'Golden Mile' The Great Houses of the Strand, 1550–1650. Beginning with an illustrated talk at Sir John Soane’s Museum, Manolo will introduce the eleven palaces that were erected on the Strand when Henry VIII set up court in Whitehall. This important thoroughfare connected the court with the commercial centre of the City of London and was also situated on the quickest route between the royal palaces at Greenwich and Hampton Court, the River Thames. These eleven lavish residences, themselves built on the site of former monastic inns dissolved by Henry VIII in 1536, were the homes of the emerging political elite, creating in effect a satellite court. Manolo will tell the stories of the lost palaces, most of which were destroyed by the end of the 17th century. Following his introduction, you will head out of the Museum with Manolo who will conduct a walking tour, uncovering traces of the famous Strand Palaces.
The event will last around 2 hours in total, with the walking element expected to last one hour. It will end by Embankment Underground Station.
Manolo Guerci is an architectural historian, and senior lecturer and BA RIBA Part 1 programme director at the Kent School of Architecture and Planning, University of Kent.
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Image: John Thorpe (c.1563-1655), Strand elevation of Somerset House, London, SM volume 101/87. Photograph: Ardon Bar-Hama. © Sir John Soane’s Museum, London.