Sunday, August 11, 2013

UK Trip Blog #38:Video Short of Hampton Court's Great Hall and a Minstrel

As we walked through a couple of rooms in the famous Tudor castle "Hampton Court Palace," I (Rob) took some short videos to give you a feel for the atmosphere in the castle.

THE GREAT HALL - Between 1532 and 1535 Henry added the Great Hall (the last medieval great hall built for the English monarchy) and the Royal Tennis Court.The Great Hall features a carved hammer-beam roof. During Tudor times, this was the most important room of the palace; here, the King would dine in state seated at a table upon a raised dais.The hall took five years to complete, so impatient was the King for completion that the masons were compelled to work throughout the night by candlelight.

SOME INTERESTING HISTORY ABOUT THE ROOM: Henry VIII’s court had dinner there in 2 shifts.  The hall has a magnificent timber roof decorated with badges showing the initials of Henry and his beloved Anne Boleyn.After Anne Boleyn was beheaded, Henry ordered all of Anne's initials removed, but workmen left one in a corner of the room (likely intentionally).   According to, Shakespeare performed there in front of King James I, and King George I had the Great Hall made into an 18th-century theatre.
      When we entered this room, there was a minstrel playing some music, as they might while waiting for the king to arrive.
  The Great Watching Chamber was originally the first of Henry VIII's state rooms and was used for entertaining those members of the court who had attained the status of baron or above. What's really amazing is that out of all the King's many residences, each with at least half a dozen state rooms, this is the only one to survive in anything like its original form.
    This room was connected to the hallway where Catherine Howard's ghost runs up and down, screaming for forgiveness.
   According to, the room features a Gold-leafed ceiling, giant wall tapestries and oriel window, and it is a place where people waited for the king. It is connected to the Great Hall (where everyone ate dinner), and can also be reached by the Queen’s or Anne Boleyn’s staircases.

  • Gold-leafed ceiling
  • Tapestries and oriel window
  • Adjoins to the Great Hall
  • Reached either by the Queen’s or Anne Boleyn’s staircases
  • Can be used in conjunction with the adjoining Great Hall to accommodate larger numbers 
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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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