Tuesday 09 January 2024

5 Royal Period Properties in England

The Royal family have many period properties across the UK, with several palaces and homes.

We look at a small selection of the Royal family’s many houses in England, some of which we are proud to have worked on!

Buckingham Palace

Probably the most famous palace in the UK, Buckingham Palace was first designed and built in the early 1700s.  The Palace was originally built as a house, before being converted to a palace in the 1820s.

The building has since undergone several renovation projects to expand and repair the existing building.

Buckingham Palace is one of the many period properties in London that we have previously worked on, having been commissioned to carry out work on the property in the late 1990s.

Clarence House

Another Royal residence in London, Clarence House was built adjacent to St James’s Palace between 1825 and 1827.  It was built as a home for George III’s third son, The Duke of Clarence (later King William IV) and his wife, Adelaide.

The building was designed by John Nash, one of the most notable British architects of the Georgian and Regency eras.

The building still showcases traditional timber sash windows and is currently the main London residence of King Charles III and Queen Camila.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace was originally a two-storey Jacobean house known as Nottingham House.

However, in 1689 William III and Mary II brought the property and employed Sir Christopher Wren to expand it to become Kensington Palace.

Many members of the Royal family have lived in Kensington Palace since, including Queen Victoria.  The Palace was also home to Diana, Princess of Wales, until her death.

The Grade I listed building showcases several tall sash windows, including some 12 over 9 sash windows.  We have also previously carried out work to several of the windows in Kensington Palace.

Windsor Castle

The castle at Windsor was originally built after the invasion of William the Conqueror.  Work started around 1070 and took about 16 years to build.

The castle was converted to a palace in the late 12th Century by Henry II with royal apartments within the fort.  The castle underwent various changes over the years, including a major change by Edward III, when he spent £50,000 converting Windsor Castle from a military fortification into a Gothic palace.

More recently, on the 20th November 1992, a fire broke out at Windsor Castle.  The restoration work began immediately and took 5 years to complete.

St James’s Palace

St James’s Palace was first built by Henry VIII between 1531 and 1536 on the site of a former hospital.  It was built as the residence of the heir to the throne and retained this function until 1702.

Although several renovations and extensions have occurred over the years, much of the Tudor part of the building still survives today.  Like Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace, we are also proud to have previously carried out work at St James’s Palace.

Today the Palace is the official London residence of Princess Anne and contains the London residences of Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Alexandra.

St. James’s Palace also holds an important role as it is where the Garter King of Arms formally announces the accession of a new King or Queen after the death of a monarch.

Replacing your windows

In addition to many prestigious projects, we also have extensive experience replacing and draught proofing timber windows and doors in homes across London and the South.

For a free, no obligation quotation to upgrade your windows or doors, contact our team today on 01344 868 668.

Header image of Buckingham Palace by Rob Young from United Kingdom, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

Kensington Palace
Above image by Colin Smith, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link via Wikimedia Commons.

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