Hampton Court Park

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Hampton Court Road

Hampton Court Park,

Flowerpot gates, one of the entrances to the palace grounds from Hampton Court Road. Dates from 1699 and has putti with baskets of fruit and flowers by Nost.

Orchard Garden for the residents of the palace,

Knot garden to show 16th century gardens, - an imitation of Tudor gardening, created in 1924.

Herb garden,

Lower Orangery built for Queen Anne by Wren, with Montega Cartoons of the Triumph of Caesar collected by Charles I., a ' plain utilitarian building

Clare Terrace built by Henry VIII,

Tilt yard.  It is here that in Henry VIII's time tournaments were held. Spectators sat on towers placed at intervals along the high brick walls. Only one remains. The tiltyard became a kitchen garden under William III, an ornamental garden in 1924. In the garden a sundial of 1765 from Garrick's villa at Hampton. Restaurant by the Ministry of Public Building and Works, 1965.

Lion Gates. The chief north entrance to the palace, where Wren planned to have his grand entrance from the Bushy Park Avenue. It is something of an anti-climax, compared with the scale of Bushy Park, a feeble echo of Wren's dreams. The stonework bears Queen Anne's monogram. The lions are seated upon massive stone piers with engaged Tuscan columns on bulgy Baroque bases. The gates, which are of excellent workmanship, but disproportionately small, have the monogram of George I.

Bowling Green which had four corner pavilions by Wren. Two were converted to a residence in the c 18, but all were demolished in 1852 except the one which has two canta bay-windows and other additions disguising Wren's rectangular box with stone quoins and hipped roof.

Stud House, a neat exterior with stalls divided off by wooden arcades with Tuscan columns. The house is chiefly c 1817-18

Long Water. An artificial canal built for Charles II, which is bordered by an avenue of stately lime trees.  It is 1,300 yards long and is frequented by herons, swans, ducks, and coots.  Yellow and white-water lilies float on its surface, and it has a healthy population of fish. It is a Category II ecology site. A garden was planned to complement Wren's new wing and it was completed in c.1710 with a semicircular canal, and within the semicircle an intricate garden with box scrollwork was planted, probably designed by Daniel Marot, with thirteen fountains and yew trees clipped into obelisks.  It is dominated by the presence of the Palace. Tudor side of the Palace opened by Queen Victoria in 1894. A Typical plan laid out by Mary, wife of William III. The avenues from the Fountain Court continue as three avenues across the Home Park with the Long Water along the centre one, divided off from the semicircle by a Tijou screen. Some way along Long Water, from the Home Park is the best view of the Versailles approach to the palace

Gas works. Hampton Court Gas Co.


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