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Hampton Court Palace

Former royal residence

The 17th-century baroque additions by Sir Christopher Wren.
The 17th-century baroque additions by Sir Christopher Wren.
Click to enlarge. Copyright 2002 OnThisVerySpot.com.

The older sections, including the Great Hall built by Henry VIII, as seen from The Rose Garden.
The older sections, including the Great Hall built by Henry VIII, as seen from The Rose Garden.
Click to enlarge. Copyright 2002 OnThisVerySpot.com.

Hampton Court Road (A308)
Surrey KT8 9AU
England
+44 (0)870 752 7777

On This Very Spot in the 14th century, a manor house was built that replaced an earlier structure.

On This Very Spot in 1514, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey took over the property and began to build the Italian-style palace that stands today.

On This Very Spot in 1525, Henry VIII confiscated the palace after Wolsey fell from favor. Henry and subseqent monarchs continued to add to the palace and expand the Formal Gardens that surround it.

On This Very Spot on November 2, 1541, Henry received a letter with accusations of adultery by his young wife Catherine Howard. Interrogations took place on this very spot, which eventually led to the executions of Catherine and two of her accused lovers.

On This Very Spot in the early 1600s, James I used the palace for hunting and entertainment. William Shakespeare is known to have produced his plays for James as one the "King's Men."

On This Very Spot in the summer of 1647, Charles I was held prisoner by the Parliamentarians as the Civil War wound down. On August 11, Charles escaped with the aid of a boat waiting at the river's edge. He was soon recaptured on the Isle of Wight.

On This Very Spot beginning in 1689, Sir Christopher Wren began work that would transform the south and east sides of the palace into the baroque style popular at the time.

On This Very Spot in 1702, William III fell from his horse in Hampton Court Park and sustained injuries that would prove fatal.

On This Very Spot in 1838, Queen Victoria opened the palace to public tours.

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Location: On the Thames River in Kingston upon Thames southwest of London.

Nearest Major Airport: London Heathrow

Nearest Rail: Hampton Court

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Latitude: 51.403800; Longitude: -0.337700



 
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