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Henry VIII’s Wine Cellar

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Henry VIII’s Wine Cellar

Tudor court meals were lavish affairs that all the sumptuous food was washed down with gallons of wine and beer. Court entertaining was provided in lavish style to reflect the magnificence of the monarch and King Henry kept his cellars well stocked. Barrels of wine were sent from Europe and kept in cellars next to the kitchens, while beer was stored close to the Great Hall.

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. The kitchens were quadrupled in size, enabling the King to provide meals for his entire court.

Henry VIII’s Wine Cellar

  • Name:                  Henry VIII’s Wine Cellar
  • Dates:                   1530’s
  • Historic Site:       Hampton Court Palace

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Photo Credit: JOM