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A short visit to Hampton Court Palace
This is where Henry VII imprisoned his second wife, Anne Boleyn. Cardinal Wolsey built the palace and it was so grand that it compared favourably to the palaces owned by Henry VIII. To save himself, Wolsey gifted the palace to Henry to no long term avail. Wolsey died escaping those pursuing him to stand trial for treason.
Hampton Court remains largely intact because it was in use through to the 19th century and not destroyed in the Civil Wars.
The Mediaeval part
15th century through to the early 16th
Housing and Feeding thousands
When the court arrived, hundreds of minor and important nobles came too. All had to be fed and housed
The William and Anne additions
William and Anne planned to demolish the mediaeval palace and replace it with a Versailles themed new one. The planed demolition was never carried out.
The gardens and surrounding buildings are part of the package