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Henry VIII’s Kitchens

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Henry VIII’s Kitchens

As soon as Henry VIII took ownership of Hampton Court Palace in 1528, the King began rebuilding and expansion to accommodate the King’s court which consisted of over one thousand people. Although the King owned over sixty houses and palaces, few of these were large enough to hold the assembled court, and thus one of the first building works to transform Hampton Court to a principal residence was to build the huge kitchens.

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The kitchens were quadrupled in size, enabling the King to provide meals for his entire court. The architecture of King Henry’s new palace followed the existing design of perpendicular Gothic-inspired Tudor with Renaissance ornament.

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These kitchens were used by successive Royals including Queen Elizabeth I. The quantities of meat procured for the Court in one year during Elizabeth I’s reign included:

  • Sheep – 8,200
  • Deer – 2,330
  • Pigs – 1,870
  • Oxen – 1,240
  • Calves – 760
  • Wild boar – 53

Henry VIII’s Kitchens

  • Name:                  Henry VIII’s Kitchens
  • Dates:                   1529
  • Historic Site:       Hampton Court Palace

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