TQ1568 : Hampton Court Palace, East Pond Garden

taken 7 years ago, near to East Molesey, Surrey, Great Britain

Hampton Court Palace, East Pond Garden
Hampton Court Palace, East Pond Garden
The first of two sunken gardens which were used for holding freshwater fish prior to cooking in Henry VIIIís kitchens. The ponds were filled, landscaped and terraced in William IIIís era and used to display Queen Mary IIís collection of exotics.

The small pavilion at the back is William III's Banqueting House. This was built circa 1700, for informal meals and entertainments in the gardens rather than for the larger state dinners which would have taken place inside the palace itself. It is a Grade I listed building (English Heritage Building ID: 205393 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings).
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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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 
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Panasonic DMC-G3 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 156 683 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:24.1598N 0:20.3024W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 156 684
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