Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Camden House, Chislehurst

Camden House, Chislehurst - photograph


Finely situated on the west side of Chislehurst Common is famous Camden House. It was built by William Camden, chief of British antiquaries, who died in it in 1623; but the place is better known as having been occupied by Napoleon III. after his downfall in 1870. The ox-Emperor died in 1873 in a room overlooking the right wing of the house, and six years later, after the Prince Imperial had also been buried from Camden House, the ex-Empress Eugénie removed to Farnborough. Early in the present century the master and mistress of the house were murdered hr a servant, and the crime was a nine days' wonder. Lord Chief Justice Pratt, of whom the present Marquis of Camden is a descendant, took his title from Camden House.