Appendix 1
Dates of important events


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George H. Chettle

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'Appendix 1: Dates of important events', Survey of London Monograph 14: The Queen's House, Greenwich (1937), pp. 84-88. URL: Date accessed: 28 November 2014.


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The following table gives the dates of the more important events connected with the history of the Queen's House:

DateOccupierArchitect in ChargeClerk of Works
1616–18(Anne of Denmark)Inigo JonesHenry HearneBuilding begun for Anne of Denmark but stopped before completion.
1619Death of Anne of Denmark.
Manor granted to Charles Prince of Wales.
1625Accession of Charles I.
1629Inigo JonesRichard TiroManor granted to Henrietta-Maria.
Maintenance repairs.
1632–33Work resumed.
1633–36 1636Nicholas Haughton Simon BasilWork on house continued. New brick walls and gateways. Marble paving of hall laid. Three easel pictures by Gentileschi framed.
1637Henrietta-MariaSimon BasilTwo designs for chimney-pieces by I. Jones.
1638–39Terrace re-paved. Marble statues fixed on pedestals.
Ten wooden pedestals carved for hall. Picture frames carved. Hearths laid.
1639Hugh and Hy. Henn appointed keepers of the Queen's Garden. Negotiations for decorating the Queen's Cabinet.
1642Thos. StephensLast visit of Charles I.
1648Goring's troops encamped in Park.
1649Execution of Charles I.
1650Inventory made of contents of house.
1649–60(The Commonwealth) Bulstrode Whitelock
1652Death of Inigo Jones. Evelyn visits the Queen's House.
1653Body of General Deane laid in state.
1657Body of Admiral Blake laid in state.
1660The Queen-Dowager (Henrietta-Maria)Sir John Denham and John WebbRestoration of Charles II.
1661–62WebbLeonard GammonEast and west bridge-rooms built. S.E. & S.W. corner rooms on first floor divided up. Several mezzanine floors inserted.
1662Queen-Dowager occupied house for several months. Le Nôtre visited England and made design for layout of Park.
1663S.E. & S.W. corner pavilions begun.
1663–65Elms planted in Park. Work begun on new palace by the river.
1667Work on pavilions resumed.
1669Death of Henrietta-Maria.
1670(Catherine of Braganza)Manor granted to Catherine of Braganza. Foundations of corner pavilions grubbed up and ground filled in. Work in the Park continued.
1674Repairs to roof over hall.
1675"The Dutch Painters" given a room in the house.
1681Thos. Nevill (April-June)
1685(Mary of Modena)John ScarborowAccession of James II. Manor granted to Mary of Modena.
1687Repairs to road under house.
1688Accession of William and Mary.
1690–97Earl of DorsetEarl of Dorset appointed Ranger of the Park. Repairs to Loggia, etc.
1693Repairs to gallery of hall, etc.
1694Cleaning and touching up painted work on gallery of hall. Painting 20 spandrels. Repairing ironwork of the round stairs.
1695(Webb)(John Scarborow)Foundation of Greenwich Hospital. North boundary of the Queen's Garden fixed, and vista preserved.
1697–1708Earl of RomneyWm. DickinsonDeptford-Woolwich road diverted. Room built under middle bridge.
1702Accession of Queen Anne.
1708EmptyWren and VanbrughHawksmoorEarl of Romney's interest bought by Prince George of Denmark. Transome windows of ground floor rooms taken out, sills cut lower and sash-frames inserted, and general repairs undertaken by Commissioners of Greenwich Hospital.
1710–14Sir Wm. Gifford£2,848 spent by Commissioners on repairs between 1707 and 1712.
1714Accession of George I.
1714–20Lord AylmerVanbrughHawksmoor and JamesGeneral repairs. Chimney-pieces altered. Old stucco removed from external walls and new stucco put on.
1720–26Sir John JenningsVanbrughNew kitchen built outside east of house. Several chimney-pieces moved and doors blocked. "Bathing cistern" installed.
1726Colin Campbell
1727Accession of George II.
1729House handed back to the Commissioners of the King's works.
1730Queen Caroline(1730–1805, various architects)Leonard WoodisonGeneral repairs.
1733Isaac Ware
1736John VardyReception of Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha.
1737Death of Queen Caroline.
1743–80Lady Catherine Pelham
1745–47James PaineExtensive repairs costing £4, 700.
1746Wm. Robinson
1754Francis Bickerton
1760Accession of George III.
1761Preparations for reception of Princess Charlotte.
1768John Robinson
1774Wm. Leach
1780EmptyDeath of Lady Catherine Pelham.
1790Robert Brown, Sen.
1795Ed. Crocker (1796)Reception of Princess Caroline of Brunswick.
1805EmptyPrincess of Wales appointed Ranger.
1806–21Royal Naval AsylumD. AlexanderHouse bought from the Princess of Wales by the Commissioners of the Royal Naval Asylum, 1806. House divided into five residences. Drastic structural alterations. Rooms subdivided, staircases and mezzanine floors inserted. Dormitory built on roof above middle bridge. East and West blocks of School built, and colonnades connecting school and house. Completed 1816.
1818Placed under control of Board of Admiralty.
1821Placed under control of Commissioners of Greenwich Hospital. Dormitory on roof removed 1822.
1825Greenwich Hospital SchoolJoseph KayGreenwich Hospital School united with Royal Naval Asylum.
1825Further structural alterations.
1843Block ship built in front of house.
1821–1911Joseph Kay and othersCourtyards vaulted over at first floor level. Walls of "middle salon" removed. Cellars excavated under south portion of house. Gangways built across courts at first floor level. New staircase cut through vault of west court. Hall lined with plywood panelling.
1925–27Painted ceiling in Queen's bedroom examined and treated.
1933EmptyBuildings vacated. Complete survey made by H.M. Office of Works. Clearance of modern partitions begun.
1934House taken over by the Commissioners of H.M. Works under a Deed of Guardianship.
1934–36(H.M. Office of Works)Complete clearance of modern additions. General consolidation of structure, including overhaul and repair of all roofs and floors. Removal of successive overpaintings and treatment of original painted decoration in hall, Queen's drawing-room and Queen's bedroom. Repair of original stone doorcases exposed by removal of plaster. Reinstatement of roadway, middle bridge and doorways under it, balustrades of loggia, marble floors. Opening up of original fireplaces and provision of new chimneypieces. Reflooring of house with oak boards. Installation of heating and electric wiring.
1936–7National Maritime MuseumHouse in the care of the Director of the National Maritime Museum for the hanging of pictures and arranging of exhibits.
1937Opening of the National Maritime Museum.