Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in south west London; it has not been lived in by the British royal family since the 18th century. It was originally built for Cardinal Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII, as Wolsey fell from favour, the palace was passed to the King, who enlarged it.
The following century, William III's massive rebuilding and expansion project intended to rival Versailles was begun.Work halted in 1694, leaving the palace in two distinct contrasting architectural styles, domestic Tudor and Baroque. While the palace's styles are an accident of fate, a unity exists due to the use of pink bricks and a symmetrical, albeit vague, balancing of successive low wings.
Today, the palace is open to the public, and is a major tourist attraction. It is cared for by an independent charity, Historic Royal Palaces which receives no funding from the Government or the Crown. The palace's Home Park is the site of the annual Hampton Court Palace Festival and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Along with St. James's Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many owned by Henry VIII.
Ghosts of Hampton Court Palace The fifth wife Catherine Howard, Henry's got a tragic role in the struggle for power between Catholics and Protestants court. In 1540, when she was 19 years old, Catholic relatives arranged her marriage to the king. Protestants accused her of immoral behavior, and February 13, 1542 it was beheaded. Its a ghost with a cry goes through the gallery of ghosts, recalling that day in 1541 when she was taken into custody, and she, having escaped and ran down the hall, shouting encouraging Henry VIII took pity on her.
In 1918, the gallery ghosts repaired, and for some time, the ghost of Catherine disappeared. But the latest artist to sketch one of the tapestries saw a hand with a ring, which occurred several times before the tapestry. The ring belonged to Catherine. The woman then living in the palace, said researcher Andrew Green, that she so often seen screaming ghost that has ceased to pay attention to it. the ghost of Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry appears in the palace Among the ghosts uncrowned persons can be called Cybelle Penn, nurse Edward VI. She died of smallpox in 1562 and was buried nearby, in the church of St. Mary.