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Royal Tudor Foundation Stone Rediscovered in UCL Geography

Plan to return monument to Deptford

Royal Tudor Foundation Stone Rediscovered in UCL Geography

On 13th February a secret was revealed behind the display screen of lecture room G17 in UCL Geography. It is a stone marking Henry VIII’s foundation of the Royal Naval Dockyard at Deptford 500 years ago. Saved from destruction in 1954, it was brought to UCL to be placed in what was then the entrance hall of the Bartlett School of Architecture.

Bearing the initials of Henry VIII and his first queen, Katherine of Aragon, the monument belonged to the original naval storehouse built by the King in 1513, the remains of which are now a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

When what is now the UCL Pearson Building was reconfigured in 2005 for the Geography department, a new seminar room was created and the monument disappeared behind a false wall.

UCL now plans to return the find to Deptford Dockyard as part of the redevelopment of the site.

http://www.deptfordis.org.uk/2014/02/royal-dockyard-foundation-stone-set-to.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deptford_Dockyard


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The Deptford monument


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