Ten Most Intriguing Facts about Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is located in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in the county of Surrey. It was a royal palace for the monarchs of England but it has not been used as residence for the British Royal Family since the 18th century. In 1515, work was started to redevelop it for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey who was a favourite of King Henry VIII, but it was seized by the King after Wolsey fell out of favour. He enlarged it and in the following century, King William III also did some rebuilding and expansion. It is now open to the public and is a major tourist attraction particularly because of its celebrated maze, the historic tennis court and the huge grape vine which was the largest in 2005. It is easily reached by train from Waterloo Station in central London. There are lots of  hotels near shaftesbury avenue london for luxury and delightful stay.  It is also served by Hampton Court railway station in East Molesey. The palace has a long history and there are many interesting facts and figures about it.

One of Two:

Only two palaces of King Henry VIII are left intact today and Hampton Court Palace is one of them and the other one is St James Palace which is considered to be the senior palace of the British Monarch. This is the reason why ambassadors from other countries are admitted “to court of St James” when they come to the UK.

Lucky for a Wedding:

King Henry had six marriages and while five of them were executed or divorced or died for other reasons, only Catherine Parr did not suffer any such fate and she was the only one whom Henry married at Hampton Court Palace.

The Most Modern Palace of Its Time:

Hampton Court Palace was built on a massive area in the most modern way at that time. It had a 36,000 square feet kitchen and a toilet area which could be used by 30 people. It had bowling greens and 60 acres of gardens inclusive of tennis courts. The oldest surviving hedge maze of the UK is also located in these gardens.

High Employment:

During its hay days, Hampton Court Palace employed about 600 people for various purposes.

The Last Occupant:

King George II was the last monarch to have lived in the Hampton Court Palace. His successor, George III did not ever live in the palace after his ascension to the throne and it remained unoccupied till it was opened to the public in 1838 by Queen Victoria. It became Grade I listed in 1952 and received the honour of statutory protection. This is an interesting fact in view of the palace being used for the reception of John Adams by George III as the first ambassador of America to Britain, in the HBO mini-series John Adams.

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Temporary Thrones and Kings:

Being a venue for the Road Cycling Time Trial during the 2012 Summer Olympics, it had several temporary thrones put up for the athletes in medal positions.

The Great Hall Turned to a Stage:

William Shakespeare and his company, The King’s Men, turned the Great Hall into a stage for performing several of their plays for King James I during late 1603 and early 1604 when the company was invited to the palace to stay there for three weeks for providing entertainment for Christmas celebrations.

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