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Hampton Court Palace

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The Fountain Court was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. 28th September 2008.
 
 
 
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Another view of Sir Christopher Wren's Fountain Court. 28th September 2008.
 
     
 

King Charles I was imprisoned at Hampton Court Palace in 1647 during the Civil War. He escaped but was executed in 1649. The monarchy was later restored in 1660 with King Charles II.

 
     
 
 
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A large and magnificent fresco on the wall of the staircase. 28th September 2008.
  
 
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The fresco in context. 28th September 2008.
 
         
  Rail Album for railway and other photographs   King Henry VIII's Fifth Wife

Catherine Howard was King Henry VIII's fifth wife. She was born around 1521 to Lord Edmund Howard and Joyce Culpeper.

The marriage took place in July 1540. But on 23rd November 1541 she was stripped of her title and was held at Syon House. On 21st January 1542 the "Bill of Attainder" was passed, which related to a queen's sexual history and incitement to adultery. The punishment for these was death.

Catherine was imprisoned in the Tower of London on 10 February 1542. Her execution was scheduled for 7 a.m. on 13 February.
 
         

   
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Anne Boleyn's Gate photographed from inside the courtyard,  The magnificent clock was installed in 1540 and is a post-Copernican astronomical clock. It still functions, with the clock showing the time of day, the phase of the moon, the month, the quarter of the year, the date, the sun and star sign, and high water at London Bridge. September 2008.
   
   
 
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The walk through the Privy Garden. 28th September 2008.
       
 
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One of the urns in the Privy Garden.
 

         
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Sir Christopher Wren's South Front. 28th September 2008.
 

         
  Rail Album for railway and other photographs   King Henry VIII's Sixth Wife

Catherine Parr was the sixth and last wife of King Henry VIII. She was born around 1512 to Sir Thomas Parr and Lady Maud Green. Her first husband had been Edward Borough. Her second husband was John Nevill. Henry was her third husband, and Thomas Seymour was her fourth.

Her marriage to King Henry VIII was on 12th July 1543 at Hampton Court Palace. The marriage ended upon Henry's death on 28th January 1547.
 
         

   
 
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One of the older buildings at Hampton Court Palace.  29th September 2008.
 
     
 

King William III and Queen Mary II commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to significantly rebuild Hampton Court Palace. The plan was to demolish everything other than the Great Hall and to build anew, but this plan was later changed to one that added new structures to the existing ones.

Completion of this work suddenly became more urgent when Whitehall Palace burned down in 1698 and the facilities at Hampton Court Palace were needed as an alternative location.

 
     


 
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The walk to the fountains in the Privy Garden. 29th September 2008.
 

 
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A final view of the South Front by Sir Christopher Wren. 29th September 2008.

  
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