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City of Westminster in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom
 

Queen Mary's Steps, Whitehall Palace

 
 
Queen Mary's Steps, Whitehall Palace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 13, 2017
1. Queen Mary's Steps, Whitehall Palace Marker
Inscription.  In 1691, Sir Christopher Wren designed for Queen Mary II a terrace overlooking the Thames in front of the old river wall of Whitehall Palace built by Henry VIII. This terrace projecting about 70 feet into the bed of the river, was about 280 feet long. As it involved the destruction of an earlier prior landing stage a curving flight of steps was made at each end to give access from the Royal Apartments to the State Barge.

In 1939 excavations for the new Government Building revealed the river wall of the Tudor Palace, the later terrace wall and the Northern flight of steps. The upper portion of the steps has been repaired and can be seen. A reconstructed terrace can be seen immediately to the left of the steps and a rebuilt section of the river wall behind and above the terrace.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1691.
 
Location. 51° 30.276′ N, 0° 7.43′ W. Marker is in City of Westminster, England, in Greater London County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Victoria Embankment and Horse Guards Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: City of Westminster, England SW1A 2EX, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles G. Gordon CB (here, next to this marker); The Viscount Portal of Hungerford (within shouting

Queen Mary's Steps, Whitehall Palace Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 13, 2017
2. Queen Mary's Steps, Whitehall Palace Marker - wide view
The marker is visible here on the right, just behind the fencing.
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distance of this marker); William Tyndale (within shouting distance of this marker); Fleet Air Arm Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Royal Air Force Memorial (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Gurkha Soldier (about 90 meters away); Korean War Memorial (about 90 meters away); Samuel Plimsoll (about 90 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in City of Westminster.
 
Repaired steps, reconstructed terrace and river wall image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 13, 2017
3. Repaired steps, reconstructed terrace and river wall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 10, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 10, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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