TQ1568 : The Base Court, Hampton Court Palace

taken 9 years ago, near to East Molesey, Surrey, England

The Base Court, Hampton Court Palace
The Base Court, Hampton Court Palace
The first courtyard, the Base Court, was created by Henry VIII, as was the second, inner gatehouse (Anne Boleyn's Gate) which leads to the Clock Court. In Tudor times, Base Court acted as an open-air lobby, where King Henry’s guests were welcomed and received by court officials. The Base Court also contained forty-four lodgings reserved for guests.
Hampton Court Palace and Gardens

Built in 1514 as a private residence for Cardinal Wolsey, the palace was presented to Henry VIII to secure the King's favour. Along with St. James's Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many owned by King Henry VIII. In the following century, following the accession of William and Mary, King William III's massive rebuilding and expansion project was intended to rival the Palace of Versailles. During this work, half the Tudor palace was replaced and Henry VIII's state rooms and private apartments were both lost; the new wings around the Fountain Court contained new state apartments and private rooms, one set for the King and one for the Queen. Work ceased in 1694, after the death of Queen Mary; this left the palace in two distinct contrasting architectural styles, domestic Tudor and Baroque.

No monarch has ever resided at Hampton Court since the reign of King George II and during the reign of Queen Victoria, the palace was opened to the public. Today, the palace and its gardens are open to the public and a major tourist attraction; the structure and grounds are cared for by an independent charity, Historic Royal Palaces LinkExternal link , which receives no funding from the Government or the Crown.

Hampton Court Palace is a grade I listed building (English Heritage Building ID: 205384 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings).

LinkExternal link Hampton Court Website
LinkExternal link Wikipedia page

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TQ1568, 1212 images   (more nearby 🔍)
David Dixon   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Saturday, 11 April, 2015   (more nearby)
Friday, 17 April, 2015
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 156 684 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:24.2030N 0:20.3095W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 156 684
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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