Royal palace of Hampton Court :: Shared Description

The first thing to say about Hampton Court Palace is that it is vast - more like a small town than a house.
It was begun in 1514 by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey in the reign of Henry VIII (reigned: 1509-1547) for whom he was Chief Minister at the time. But Wolsey fell out of favour with the monarch over the latter's desire to have his marriage to Catherine of Aragon annulled, which Wolsey resisted as the Pope's representative in England. In order to appease the King's ire, Wolsey gave him the palace (on which he had already spent the vast sum of 200,000 gold crowns, untold millions in today's money) in 1529. Wolsey died the following year, once more in the King's bad books.
Henry set about expanding the already lavish palace and turning into perhaps his favourite residence (of which he had many).
Towards the end of the following century William III (co-ruler from 1689 with his wife Mary II until her death in 1694, then as sole monarch until his death in 1702) expanded the palace greatly and altered many of the original Tudor features. This huge Baroque extension, though very different in style from the original building is strangely harmonious mainly due to the sympathetic use of similar building materials (predominantly pink bricks) also the scale and symmetry were generally adhered to. The last monarch to reside here was George II, a very distant relation of Mary II, but only three monarchs later (Anne, George I in between).
On visiting today, the palace is an intriguing warren, most particularly the Tudor 'streets' around the kitchens. It is almost three historic properties in one as there are the distinct areas of the Tudor (Henrician) palace in particular the kitchens and Great Hall; secondly the William III wing and thirdly the Georgian rooms.
Vast amounts have been written about this palace and I can only skim the surface here. For more information here are some useful links:
Historic Royal Palaces website: LinkExternal link
EH Scheduled Ancient Monument: LinkExternal link
Park & Garden (Grade I): LinkExternal link
Grade I listed properties:
The Palace: LinkExternal link
Lower Orangery: LinkExternal link
Banqueting House: LinkExternal link
Barracks: LinkExternal link
Trophy Gates: LinkExternal link
Tilt Yard Tower: LinkExternal link
Real Tennis Court: LinkExternal link
Fountain Garden (1): LinkExternal link
Fountain Garden (2): LinkExternal link
Fountain Garden (3): LinkExternal link
Walls & Railings: LinkExternal link
Privy Garden: LinkExternal link
Lion Gates: LinkExternal link
Flowerpot Gate: LinkExternal link
by Rob Farrow
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TQ1568 : Hampton Court - Southern façade and fountain by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - Heraldic beasts atop the roofscape by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - Great Hall - Henry VIII in West Window by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - Pond Garden by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - view from grounds to northwest of palace by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - Great Hall - Stained glass at eastern end by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - Gardens - Arched trellis tunnel by Rob Farrow
TQ1668 : Hampton Court - The Long Water by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - Great Hall - Hammer-beam roof by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - Henry VIII Coat of Arms, Chapel Royal by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - Fish Court by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - Great Watching Chamber - Royal Arms by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - William III's Apartments Communication gallery by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - Fountain Court by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - Astronomical Clock by Rob Farrow
TQ1668 : Hampton Court - Three Graces statue, Fountain Gardens by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - Marble Sarcophagus from Sidon, Lebanon by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - Great Watching Chamber - Cardinal Wolsey by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - South-east corner elevations by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - Pewterware in scullery by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - Top of gateway in Clock Court by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - Base Court by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - Eastern façade across circular pond by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - Western façade by Rob Farrow
TQ1568 : Hampton Court - Great Watching Chamber - Henry VIII by Rob Farrow

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Created: Fri, 18 Mar 2022, Updated: Fri, 18 Mar 2022

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