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Location address: United Kingdom, Westminster
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It was in 1618 that the head of explorer and cartographer sir Walter Raleigh was chopped off, after a second and unsuccessful attempt to get to El Dorado. This happened at the Palace of Whitehall, which was at that time the main residence of the English monarchs in London.
The main reason was that Raleigh attacked areas which were clamied by the Spanish. The Spanish embassador lobbied to get Raleigh executed.
His body was to be buried in the local church in Beddington, Surrey, the home of Lady Raleigh, but finally laid to rest in St. Margaret’s, Westminster, where his tomb may still be visited today.
The Palace of Whitehall (or Palace of White Hall) was the main residence of the English monarchs in London from 1530 until 1698 when all except Inigo Jones’s 1622 Banqueting House was destroyed by fire. Before the fire it had grown to be the largest palace in Europe, with over 1,500 rooms, overtaking the Vatican and Versailles. The palace gives its name, Whitehall, to the road on which many of the current administrative buildings of the UK government are situated, and hence metonymically to the central government itself.
Whitehall is a road in the City of Westminster, in central London, which forms the first part of the A3212 road from Trafalgar Square to Chelsea. It is the main thoroughfare running south from the site of the original Charing Cross at the southern end of Trafalgar Square towards Parliament Square. Recognised as the centre of Her Majesty’s Government, the street is lined with government departments and ministries; the name “Whitehall” is thus also frequently used as a metonym for overall British governmental administration, as well as being a geographic name for the surrounding area.