TQ1568 : Hampton Court Palace; Clock Court, Anne Boleyn's Gatehouse and the Astronomical Clock

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

Hampton Court Palace; Clock Court, Anne Boleyn's Gatehouse and the Astronomical Clock
Hampton Court Palace; Clock Court, Anne Boleyn's Gatehouse and the Astronomical Clock
The gatehouse between the base court and the second, inner court is known today as Anne Boleyn's gate, after Henry VIIIís second wife whose apartments were above the gate. In 1540, the gatehouse tower was adorned with the spectacular Hampton Court astronomical clock, an early example of a pre-Copernican astronomical clock. Still functioning, the clock is connected to a set of three bells situated in the Belfry, the oldest dating to 1478 and presented to Cardinal Wolsey by the Knights of St John. Made by French clockmaker Nicholas Oursian, this fascinating timepiece is 15 feet across and consists of three copper dials indicating the time of day, the phases of the moon, the month, the quarter of the year, the date, the sun and star sign, and high water at London Bridge.

LinkExternal link 12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions at Hampton Court Palace (Planetware)
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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Saturday, 11 April, 2015   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 18 April, 2015
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Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings  Country estates  People, Events 
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Panasonic DMC-G3 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 157 684 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:24.2027N 0:20.2836W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 157 684
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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