Chislehurst Golf Club

Imperial Residents


Camden Place, at Chislehurst, Kent is a grade II* listed building which has, since 1894 housed Chislehurst Golf Club.

In the 1860’s it was refurbished as a French chateau, complete with a new dining room with panelling  taken from the Chateau de Bercy. It has been described as the ‘probably the best French interior in England’.

It was certainly a room fit for royalty and in 1870 became the home of the court of Napoleon lll in exile. He died at the house in 1873.  

With stories of a double murder, Royal visitors and spies  there is plenty to entertain you.

Read more in the following sections, adapted from a lecture given to the Chislehurst Society by John Mercer in October 2002.

The French Imperial Family in Chislehurst

Louis Napoleon: The Early Years

Empress Eugénie

The Imperial Downfall

The Imperial Family, Victoria and Albert

Napoleon III Unwell

The Prince Imperial

Eugénie: Life after death

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