Archaeologists discover ruined remains of Henry VIII’s birthplace

Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of Greenwich Palace, the birthplace of Henry VIII and his daughters Mary and Elizabeth I.

A team working on a development underneath the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, southeast London, discovered two rooms belonging to the old Tudor palace.

The rooms are believed to have been used as kitchens, a brewhouse or laundry areas.

One of the rooms featured a lead-glazed tiled floor and the other contained what experts believe are “bee boles” - wall cavities which housed beehive baskets or “skeps” during the winter months, when bee colonies hibernate.

The cavities may also have been used to store food and drink to keep it cool, when the hive baskets were kept outside in the summer. Read more.