Okay, so maybe the title is a bit of a letdown as the photos I’m posting aren’t exactly castles, but still. I get to hop on a train or a bus and after sitting for awhile get to see magnificent old buildings on a semi-regular basis here and it’s AMAZING. With no further ado, let me catch you up on the cool things I’ve gotten to visit in between essays and an exhibition project for coursework. We begin with Hampton Court Palace, one of the famous residences of Henry VIII and his assorted family.
Purple cabbage I think.
“What is going ON with this tree?” Turned out to be mistletoe!
All the grad students identified with the man leaning against the wall in the back corner.
The palace was originally built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, but as he fell from favour, the palace was passed to King Henry VIII, who enlarged it.
The following century, King William III’s massive rebuilding and expansion project intended to rival Versailles was begun.
The palace is cared for by an independent charity, Historic Royal Palaces, which receives no funding from the Government or the Crown.
Along with St. James’s Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many owned by King Henry VIII.
The Tudor entrance of Hampton Court Palace.
It was beautiful in the late winter, and probably stunning when everything is in full bloom.
Always look up!
Henry VIII’s great hall.
Some Tudor era tapestries on the walls still. Impressive.
When Catherine Howard was accused of adultery, she tried to run to Henry to beg his forgiveness. She ran down this very hall but was caught and dragged screaming back down it to her demise. Some say you can still hear the noise at times.
Is it weird that I thought the frame was cooler than the picture?
The “ghosts” of Hampton Court!
Can you imagine having people put you to bed and wake you every night?
The Georgian fountain. It was really peaceful.
You could almost feel the past coming back to life and looking out this window.
Georgian dining at play.
It’s not all beautiful buildings and charming countryside here. There’s mostly the real world of modern Britain, which is great in its own way. An entire country cannot exist on its history alone (contrary to what you may think when visiting the touristy bits).
After the visit to Hampton Court, I got to see such exciting things as a building detonation… (No seriously, that was really cool.)
Then there was the adventure in moving a dead sofa out to be collected by the city council…. (The new sofa is so comfortable.)
There is always something to be witnessed on an Asda trip…
And there was the one time we came across what could only be described as an onion fight that happened only moments before we arrived. I’m serious.
This weekend, I took a spur of the moment trip to Nottingham. It’s only 30 minutes north of Leicester by train and I’d kept meaning to go, so I finally just went. It’s good for the soul to go wandering a new city by yourself where you don’t know a soul there. I’d recommend everyone try it at least once. I may have to go back when it’s summer and my portable charger is actually charged to have a more leisurely stroll.
Definitely a good way to spend an afternoon – the Galleries of Justice Museum!
The very last gibbet used in the UK, in Leicester no less.
The judge’s seat in the high court of Nottingham during the Victorian era.
View from the women’s courtyard.
The cells that were constantly mentioned being damp and cold were, in fact, damp and cold to the point of altering the museum panel. Powerful.
The more “private” gallows.
An original police box.
St. Mary’s Church on the Robin Hood Trail.
The inner door of the church. They were closed for the day.
I could manage living here I suppose. 😉
Steep hike to the top to see what’s left of Nottingham Castle.
What they don’t tell you when you’re leaving town to visit is that they’ve turned this old guardhouse into an art gallery.
Ruins of the old castle.
You haven’t been a tourist without finding the Robin Hood statue!
Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, nearby the castle!
Built into the Nottingham caves by the castle. Legend holds that knights of Richard I came here before leaving for the holy lands.
Spring is definitely coming.
Well, it’s gonna be more chaos and busy life for me in the next few weeks, but I hope to have something interesting to show y’all again next weekend!