Saturday, 4 May 2013

Hampton Court Palace

I was recently in London and for a change went out of the city to see Hampton Court Palace - where King Henry VIII lived:-
The view of London City from the bus to
Waterloo Station to catch the train.

The London Eye and Houses of Parliament

A first view of Hampton Court Palace from 
outside the station looking across the 
River Thames.

The gates at the entrance to the Palace.

Just some of the many ornate chimney 
stacks at the Palace.

One of the many heraldic animals - 
this one holds the Rose of England.

A lovely view through the archway of 
the old Palace

A very ornate well (I think!)

The front of the Old Palace.

Sadly I cannot remember who
this chap is!

Inside - the great kitchens.

A real fire was burning too it was massive!

Some of the lovely things in the shop.

More goodies in the shop - typical of 
what the royals would have used.

A beautiful heraldic animal.

An even more spectacular one!

They were situated in the Bishops' Courtyard
the colours of green and white were typical of 
Tudor gardens which were neatly laid in 
rectangles and squares as here.  
I loved this garden.

The magnificent ceiling in the 
Chapel Royal - which is to this day 
owned by the Monarch.

Another courtyard in the newer section 
of the Palace.

Beautiful paintings adorn the walls and ceilings.

Another ceiling!

The fabulous dial on the older part of the Palace.

Anne Boleyn and her maid?!  
They spoke to you "in character".

One of the fabulously ornate 
key plates on the doors.

A real rock crystal chandelier - this was 
very old too.

A bed of one of the Kings - William I think.

And beautiful drapery on another bed!

A dining room.

Lovely stained glass windows 
in one of the halls.

The rear of the new part of the Palace.

King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn were
in the Courtyard as we left.

A last view of the Palace as we left.

The view of the bridge across the Rover Thames.

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