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Henry VIII’s Great Hall

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Henry VIII’s Great Hall

Henry VIII’s Great Hall is spanned by a large and sumptuously decorated hammer-beam roof and its walls are hung with Henry VIII’s highest praised tapestries, The Story of Abraham. The Great Hall was built between 1532 and 1535 making it the last medieval great hall built for the English monarchy. So impatient was the King for the completion of this Hall that the masons were compelled to work throughout the night by candlelight to complete the project.

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During Tudor times, this was the most important room of the palace. In this Hall, the King would dine in state seated at a table upon a raised dais. During the Tudor period, the palace was the scene of many historic events. In 1537, the King’s much-desired male heir, the future Edward VI, was born at the palace.

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William Shakespeare’s company – the ‘King’s Men’ – performed for King James I over Christmas and New Year in 1603-4 in this Hall.

Henry VIII’s Great Hall

  • Name:                  Henry VIII’s Great Hall
  • Dates:                   1530’s
  • Historic Site:       Hampton Court Palace

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens

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Photo Credit: JOM