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Hampton Court Palace

In the civil parish of Teddington And Hampton.
In the historic county of London and Middlesex.
Modern Authority of London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
1974 county of Greater London.
Medieval County of Middlesex.

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ15726847
Latitude 51.40347° Longitude -0.33891°

Hampton Court Palace has been described as a certain Palace.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


The Royal Palace of Hampton Court was originally built as the residence of Cardinal Wolsey in 1514. The site was first owned by The Knights Hospitallers of St John Jerusalem in 1236 who built a grange. In 1494 the lands were leased to the royal courtier Giles Daubeney who built a private house. This house was transformed in 1514 by Wolsey into a grand palace and his official residence. However after his downfall the palace was acquired by Henry VIII in 1529. Between 1529 and 1540 Henry VIII made extensive alterations to the palace including rebuilding the great hall, remodelling the chapel and building the chapel court, adding side wings to the west façade and extending the kitchens. He also built tennis courts, a bowling alley and a tiltyard. The privy kitchens were added by Queen Elizabeth I, but it was not until the reign of William III in 1689 when a large scale rebuilding programme was carried out (1689-94). Following designs by Christopher Wren the Fountain Court (replacing the earlier Tudor Cloister Court), the Green Court and the Colonnade in Clock Court were all built. Various alterations were carried out in the early 18th century including the redecoration of the old Tudor range between the Clock and Fountain Court and the completion of the King's and Queen's Apartments with the redecoration of the Queen's Staircase. Hampton Court and its gardens are open to the public and it remains one of the most iconic buildings of the Tudor period. (PastScape)

Hampton Court, Greater London was leased to Thomas Wolsey (c. 1475-1530), the Archbishop of York, in 1514 but was otherwise unconnected to the archdiocese. (Payne)
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