"an old manor house of Caroline date"
The Queen's House at Greenwich, designed by Inigo Jones
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Queen's House at Greenwich, designed by Inigo Jones - Credit: Bill Bertram

The Caroline era is the period in English history when Charles I was on the throne. It was a time of great tension between Royalists and Puritans, leading up, as it did, to the execution of Charles I and the English Civil War.

The architecture of the period was dominated by Inigo Jones, who introduced the Italianate Renaissance style to Britain. Among his most famous works were the Banqueting Hall in Whitehall and the plans for Covent Garden, which laid the groundwork for some of the most famous areas of London.