NONSUCH PARK, NEAR CHEAM
The mansion in Nonsuch Park, Surrey, near Cheam and Ewell, was built in the Elizabethan style by Sir Jeffrey Wyatt at the beginning of the present century on the site of a royal palace of great splendour, which Henry VIII. began, but did not live to finish. This palace was the favourite residence of Queen Elizabeth. Hither also the Royal Exchequer was removed during the Great Plague and the Great Fire. Nonsuch Palace was eventually bestowed on the Duchess of Cleveland, Charles II's favourite, whose superb and voluptuous loveliness, according to Macaulay, overcame the hearts of all men; and from that time its splendour began to decline. The Park now consists of some ten thousand acres, and contains many magnificent trees, including an elm which is reputed to have associations with the Virgin Queen.