London Attractions Infographic - Hampton Court Palace

Project information

Content type: Interactive Infographic

Original context: Londonpass.com

Client: Londonpass.com (via Oban Multilingual)

This interactive infographic project required me to research and produce succinct copy for points of interest regarding top London attractions.

  • My copy was localised into German by a member of the Oban Multilingual team
  • Freelance designer Matt Smith was responsible for the visual and technical elements of the infographic. Close collaboration early in copy production ensured that no rewrites or extra copy was required

In addition to this content for Hampton Court Palace, I produced all copy for the following infographics in the series:

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HAMPTON COURT PALACE

Did you know, tennis was invented at Hampton Court Palace in 1526?

Learn more about the fascinating history of this famous London attraction in our Hampton Court Palace 'Then & Now' interactive infographic! 

Henry VIII's Grand Palace is the premier spot for tourists interested in the reign of the flamboyant Tudor king and wider historical period.

HISTORICAL TIMELINE

1494 - A VERY MODERN MANOR

Once a medieval manor acquired by the Knights Hospitallers, Giles Daubeney modernised the manor in 1494 to host Henry VII. 20 years later in 1514 Thomas Wolsey, arguably the most powerful man in England, takes the lease and rebuilds Hampton Court as a bonefide Palace before becoming Cardinal.

1529 - HENRY'S HAMPTON COURT

Upon Cardinal Wolsey's downfall after failing to secure an annulment of marriage for Henry VIII, the king seized Hampton Court Palace and made it his primary residence. It remains an important residence throughout the reign of both the Tudors and Stewarts.

1689 - THE NEW FACADE

Sir Christopher Wren, famous architect of St Paul's Cathedral, was commissioned to rebuild the façade of Hampton Court Palace during the joint reign of King William III and Queen Mary II.

1760 - THE GRACE AND FAVOUR PALACE

After two decades without Royals in residence, George III opted to use the palace to house select individuals who had given great service to the crown, entirely rent free.

1838 - HAMPTON COURT OPENS TO THE PUBLIC

In just the second year of her reign, Queen Victoria opted to allow free access to the palace. This prompted a period of restoration, rolling back some of the Palace's modernisation to better match the styles used in the historic Tudor palace.

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LOVE AND “REAL” TENNIS

Cardinal Wolsey built the first of Hampton Court's tennis courts and Henry VIII was thereafter documented to be a keen player - leading to it being one of several called “the sport of kings”. Of course, this wasn't modern tennis, but “real tennis” , the far more complex, asymmetric game from which lawn tennis was derived. Regardless, Anne Boleyn was quite distressed when arrested while watching a game at Hampton Court, she wasn't allowed to collect her winnings.

THE SHAKESPEARE HOLIDAY SPECIAL

Christmas 1603, Shakespeare's players, the King's Men, were summoned to Hampton Court to perform seven plays in three weeks for the newly crowned James I. This means that, aside from Middle Temple hall (near London's Strand), Hampton Court Palace's Great Hall is the only surviving theatrical space Shakespeare's plays were known to have been performed during his lifetime.

HAUNTED HAMPTON

With over 1000 rooms, there's room in Hampton Court Palace for a Haunted Gallery, alongside several other ghoulish hotspots.

Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII is said to appear here as a screaming lady according to accounts dating back to the palace's grace and favour period in the mid 18th century.

Sybil Penn, nurse-maid of Henry VIII's children, has supposedly been stalking the state apartments since her grave was disturbed in 1829.

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EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS

A'MAZE'ING HAMPTON COURT

Probably the most famous maze in the world, the Hampton Court hedge maze is also the oldest surviving hedge maze in the UK, delighting decades of visitors with its twist and turns. Worthy of a visit whether it takes you minutes or hours to solve.

60 ACRES OF BEAUTIFUL GARDENS

If you like to stroll amongst lovingly tended plants, the Hampton Court Palace gardens are an essential part of your day out. The formal gardens contain world-leading floral displays and are managed to ensure intriguing views all year round.

HENRY'S FANTASTICAL FOOD

Equipped to cook for around 600 esteemed guests at least twice a day, the Tudor kitchens are still operated to this day (albeit on a scale less proportionate to Henry VIII's infamous appetite). Visit to rediscover Tudor recipes and cooking methods, and appreciate the immense scale of an operation that lacked many of our modern conveniences.

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