The correct pronunciation is "Eltam".
Eltham Palace was a Royal palace in the Middle Ages. It dates from the 13th century, the reign of Edward I, and Henry VIII was a regular visitor, but after his reign it fell into disrepair.
The Great Hall survives, with a superb hammerbeam roof.
In the 1930s, Stephen Courtauld took a lease on the palace and built an outstanding Art Deco house.
The comedian Bob Hope was born at Eltham, and at the long demolished Well Hall House the chidren`s writer E. Nesbit lived.
In 1993 the black teenager Stephen Lawrence was murdered at Eltham, leading to serious questions of racism within the Metropolitan Police.