Old Palace Yard, TW9

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This was originally the Great Courtyard of Richmond Palace, with the yard being known for a while as Wardrobe Court. It took the present name in 1838. James Green, Judith Filson, and Margaret Watson in The Streets of Richmond and Kew write: “Three houses from the old palace can still be distinguished – The Gatehouse separated in 1940; The Wardrobe in 1750, and later divided into three residences in 1958; and Trumpeters House, built on the site of the Middle Gate in 1703-4 and also divided in 1950-2, taking its name from two Tudor stone figures of trumpeters that stood on either side of the entrance.”


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