Hampton Court Palace

Thursday, May 4, 2000.   We got up early so we'd have plenty of time to find
the Victoria Coach Station for our Frames Rickards tour.
We were on our way by 9 a.m. headed for Hampton Court.
Our guide was Vivian Leon and she was great.  She talked just about all the way,
giving us info on London as well as a history of Hampton Court itself.
The Palace was built as a residence not a fortified castle.
When we arrived, Vivian took us through the courtyards.

TROPHY GATE

WEST FACE

WEST GATE

MOAT

Here is the basic palace layout showing areas of interest.

Windsor Castle Map

This next group of pictures were taken in Base Court
which has not changed much since the 1500's .

INSIDE WEST GATE

ANNE BOLEYN's GATEWAY

BELL

CEILING

 

In the 1690's William and Mary replaced the east end of Hampton Court
with a Baroque style palace.  Clock Court is where the change
from a Tudor palace begins.

CLOCK COURT

CLOCK COURT

GREAT HALL

 

It was fascinating seeing the rear facade (we were not able to on our last visit).
The Palace is Tudor, having been built by Cardinal Wolsey, but William and Mary
decided to modernize it and planned to replace the Tudor Palace with one
designed by Wren.  The rear facade looks like an entirely different building.
Mary died before the work could be completed and William abandoned
the project so the Palace is part Tudor and part Wren.
Here are some views of the east front and the east gardens.

FOUNTAIN COURT

EAST FACE

EAST GARDENS

PALACE FROM EAST GARDENS

The east gardens and beyond.

IRON GATE

SWAN

IRON GATE

PALACE PARK

Vivian then took us to the Wilderness, an English garden, and pointed out the
Maze, with a warning to us not to get lost. Then she let us on our own.
We went to Henry VIII's State Apartments and the Chapel where he
married Katherine Parr.  Then we went through the Tudor Kitchens,
fighting our way through groups of children.  The weather was cool and
windy so we treated ourselves to some yummy hot chocolate.
A quick run through the gift shop for post cards, then it was back on the bus.

The last couple pictures are of the kitchen support buildings,
chimneys of the Palace and a river view of the Palace. 

WALKWAYS

DETAILS

CHIMNEYS

RIVER VIEW

 

The below links will take you to other web sites.

King's Guard Chamber Virtual Reality image

Hampton Court Palace and Park