Monday, June 18, 2012

ENGLAND TRIP: Day 4, Part 6: Henry VIII's Private Bed Chamber and Secret Door! and Stewart's Ghostly Story

Once we ascended the Silver Stick Staircase, we met a docent named Stewart, who let us see some cool things that most people don't get a chance to see unless they ask: Henry VIII's Private Bed Chamber and Secret Door! 
  Stewart showed us a stairway made of wood (behind a locked door) that was part of the original castle when Henry VIII lived there. 
  He then took us in the bed chamber of Henry VIII and through a small passageway next to the bed, which led to a wooden door. Stewart explained that this was the door that King Henry VIII used. He let us feel the door- and it was so cool to actually touch something that Henry VIII touched! (Tom is a huge fan of Tudor history)  -
  Hampton Court Palace was originally built by and for Cardinal Woolsey. When King Henry VIII visited, he said "your house is much better than mine." So the Cardinal "gave" it to him to remain on his good side. One room, that used to be the Cardinal's bedroom has murals depicting biblical scenes all around it. See photo below. 
ALSO IN THE TWO VIDEOS BELOW -Hear Stewart, a docent there, explain about the rooms.

Stewart showing us the orig. wood staircase
Original brickwork in Henry's bedroom

Mural in Cardinal Woolsey's Closet

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Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

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