Elmbridge Museum is holding an exhibition starting next month on the now destroyed Oatlands Palace in Weybridge.

The museum, which is based in Church Street, Weybridge, is holding the exhibition called Oatlands Underfoot: Stones and Stories from a Forgotten Palace, which will attempt to bring to life one of Henry VIII’s lesser-known palaces.

Most trace of Oatlands Palace was destroyed in 1650 during Oliver Cromwell’s protectorate, but it was once a destination for a succession of Tudor and Stuart monarchs.

The palace was witness to Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine Howard, as well as being the venue for Elizabeth I’s hunting parties and James I’s silk-making experiments.

Many finds from an excavation on the site in the 1960s will be included in the exhibition, which runs from Saturday, September 5 until Tuesday, January 5, next year.

Councillor Jan Fuller, portfolio holder for leisure and cultural services, said: “The Tudors and Stuarts have never enjoyed such popularity, but we often forget that these kings and queens lived on our very doorstep.

"The exhibition reminds us of another fascinating layer in the borough’s history.”

For more information, call 01932 843573, email ebcmuseum@elmbridge.gov.uk or visit elmbridgemuseum.org.uk.

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