TQ1568 : Hampton Court Palace, The Privy Garden

taken 5 years ago, near to East Molesey, Surrey, Great Britain

Hampton Court Palace, The Privy Garden
Hampton Court Palace, The Privy Garden
By the mid-sixteenth century there were Privy (private) Gardens at all the main royal palaces to provide the Sovereign with security and privacy away from the affairs of State and the first Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace was laid out between 1530 and 1538 for King Henry VIII.

In 1689 William and Mary began to rebuild Henry VIIIís royal lodgings in the more fashionable Baroque style of the continental courts. The Tudor water gallery was demolished and the Privy Garden was lengthened to its present size, covering an area of three acres. However, during the mid-eighteenth century, the changing fashion turned against the controlled formality of the Baroque garden and by the mid-nineteenth century, William and Maryís broderie had completely disappeared under the spreading canopy of trees, providing an informal and shady haven for visitors, rather than a private retreat for a king.

Following a combination of archaeological and historical research William IIIís garden was restored to its 1702-state and the Privy Garden was re-opened to the public on 6th July 1995 by HRH the Prince of Wales.

LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) Historic Royal Palaces
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
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Date Taken
Saturday, 11 April, 2015   (more nearby)
Saturday, 18 April, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Paths  Park and Public Gardens  Country estates 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DMC-G3 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 157 683 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:24.1212N 0:20.2434W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 157 684
View Direction
South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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Hampton Court  Royal Palace  Tourist Attraction  Palace Garden  Eighteenth Century  18th Century  Formal Garden  Ornamental Garden 

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