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|