Inside Hampton Court Palace
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|The Great Hall is the largest room in the palace. 106 ft (32 cm) long X 60 ft (18 m) high. Up to 600 people ate here in two sittings twice a day.|
The Great Watching Chamber is the first of the King's state apartments beyond the Great Hall where the Yeoman of the guard were stationed to "watch" and control access.
Hangyng aboute the walles clothes of golde and palles,
arras of ryche array, fresshe as flours in May
~ John Skelton 1521-2 [palles - cloth covering; arras - fine tapestry]
|Tapestries : King Henry VIII amassed an immense collection of tapestries which were his greatest treasures. By the time of his demise in 1529, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey had amassed some 600 tapestries. Wolsey's taste influenced the young King's taste and when he took over Hampton Court, all those tapestries became his.|
Henry's collecting was in another league and by his death in 1547, he owned over 2,000 tapestries. Today fewer than 30 remain from his great collection.