Hampton Court Palace

he lease of Hampton was obtained by Cardinal Wolsey in 1514, early in the reign of Henry VIII. At the height of his power the Cardinal was able to build a magnificent palace. Only sections of Wolsey's original palace remain today as it was altered by Henry VIII after the Cardinal's fall from favour and later in the seventeenth century. Wolsey lived at the palace even after the estate was taken by Henry. It became a favourite residence of the King and it is here that Henry built a royal tennis court. It was here at Hampton Court that Edward VI was born in in 1537 and where his mother, Jane Seymour, died a few days after the birth. Henry VIII married Catherine Parr at Hampton Court in 1543. In around 1540 a clock was installed at the palace for Henry which shows not only the time of day but the phases of the moon and other astronomical information.
Early Modern Period (1500-1800)
1514   Thomas Wolsey obtains the lease of Hampton
 Wolsey started the construction of his magnificent palace at Hampton Court. 
1537 Oct 12  Edward VI born at Hampton Court
 Jane Seymour gave birth to Edward at Hampton Court. The birth had complications and Jane became ill.

Episode: Henry VIII and his Six Wives  
1543 Jul 12  Marriage of Henry and Catherine Parr
 Henry married Catherine Parr, his sixth and final wife at Hampton Court Palace.

Episode: Henry VIII and his Six Wives  


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