Special Issue 01

The Lost Palaces of Henry VIII

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This special issue of Tudor Places magazine features in-depth articles on ten of the palaces which Henry VIII built or acquired. The great halls of Eltham and Hatfield remain, providing a taste of the former size and splendour of those palaces, but of the others there are only tantalising hints; in gatehouses, sections of walls, remnants of cellars and street names, in foundations and traces of masonry, and in paintings, sketches, letters, accounts and ambassadors’ reports.

Each article includes information on the site, layout and decoration of the palace, and the momentous events that occurred there. We explore what of the palace can still be seen on site, or elsewhere, and how to visit, along with a list of books and articles for further reading.

The ten palaces featured in this special issue are: Eltham Palace, Richmond Palace, Greenwich Palace, Bridewell Palace, Hatfield Old Palaces, Suffolk Place, Whitehall Palace, Chelsea Manor, Oatlands Palace and Nonsuch Palace.

The articles on these palaces were each published previously in regular issues of Tudor Places magazine.

Type: Print Edition

Articles include

Richmond Palace

Richmond was built for the first Tudor king as a suitably impressive family seat for the dynasty he founded. It was the favoured palace of Henry VII and his granddaughter, Elizabeth I, both of whom died there.

Greenwich Palace

Greenwich palace, the birthplace of Henry VIII and his two daughters, Mary I and Elizabeth I, was popular with all the Tudor monarchs. Located on the River Thames, it was conveniently situated for hosting foreign dignitaries and travelling to other royal residences.

Bridewell Palace

One of the less well-known of Henry VIII's palaces today, Bridewell was the king's main London residence in the 1510s and 1520s, following the fire which destroyed the royal apartments at the Palaces of Westminster.

Whitehall Palace

At its height, sprawling Whitehall was the largest palace in Europe. It became the principal London residence, and the heart of government, for Henry VIII and all subsequent Tudor monarchs. It was destroyed by fire in 1698, much to the relief of William III.

Oatlands Palace

The venue for Henry VIII's fifth wedding, Oatlands lay within the honour of Hampton Court, a vast royal hunting ground. A gateway and other remnants of the palace can still be seen on the streets of suburban Weybridge.

Nonsuch Palace

Nonsuch Palace, Henry VIII's last great construction project, was, in its day, the height of modernity and the epitome of Tudor opulence. There was 'none such' palace to rival this sixteenth-century grand design.

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