Tuesday, August 13, 2013

UK Blog #40: Ascending a Stair & The King's Closet Ghost

As we continued to tour through Hampton Court Palace, we ascended the stairway to William III's apartment. We later ran into an eternal "visitor" in the "King's closet" (which is actually a room).


HISTORY ON WILLIAM AND MARY - After they ascended to the English throne, King William III (r 1689-1702) and Queen Mary II (r 1689-94) commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to rebuild Hampton Court.  One side of Hampton Court contained William's and Mary's apartments, located on the south and east sides of the palace, on the site of the old Tudor apartments. According to hrp.org.uk, the work started in 1689 (note; Henry VIII died in 1547). In 1694, Mary died.  After falling from his horse in Hampton Court Park, William died in 1702. During his reign he spent £131,000 on the palace.
Write up about the room


 - After walking through William and Mary's apartments, we toured another side of the palace that we didn't get to see the year before. It was on the back left side of the palace. That's when we walked through the "King's East Closet" that overlooked the expansive garden in the back of the palace. 

King's closet entry door where we both sensed a male ghost

King's "closet"
     As soon as we walked in that room, Tom sensed a ghost before I did. We confirmed with each other that there was a male ghost in the room. We didn't get a name, or any information that would clue us in to who he is or what he's still doing there.  
   Because the tour was moving through we couldn't stay to figure it out, so we moved along, but not before I made a short video. 


Work began in May 1689. William wanted rapid results, but in December, because of the excessive speed of building and the poor quality of the mortar used, a large section of the south range collapsed, killing two workmen and injuring eleven.
The subsequent inquiry deteriorated into bitter squabbles. It soon became apparent that the real cause was the speed of the work.
When building was resumed, it proceeded with less haste and more care. Between April 1689 and March 1694, £113,000 was spent on the new apartments.
- See more at: http://www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/WilliamandMarybuildanewpalace#sthash.GQYGnLG7.dpuf


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

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?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

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.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next