Nonsuch Palace rebuilt

Nonsuch Palace, the Surrey home of Henry VIII, built to rival French King, Francis I, has been rebuilt - as a 2.2m by 1.2m (7ft 2in by 3ft 11in) model. (photo)

"From the start it was Henry's evident intention to celebrate the birth of long awaited male heir by building a house without equal," said model builder Martin Biddle, Emeritus Professor of Medieval Archaeology at Oxford, who worked on the 1959 excavation of the original. Nonsuch was destroyed in the late 17th century.