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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd August 1937 Born today: Max Hebditch, director (Museum of London)
22nd August 1925 Actress Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore-Goldfinger) was born today in Plaistow, East London.
22nd August 1916 Born today: John Slater, London England, actor (Deadlock, Cartel, Devil's Pass)
22nd August 1866 George Shillibeer, pioneer of London's 1st bus service, dies
22nd August 1620 Oliver Cromwell married Elizabeth Bourchier at St Giles-without-Cripplegate.
Hampton Court Palace
This is the historic Royal Palace in Richmond by the Thames.
Location: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey., KT8 9AU
Description: Hampton Court Palace is a splendid royal palace by the river in Richmond upon Thames, built originally in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. However, when Wolsey fell out with King Henry VIII after he failed to sway the Pope to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Henry took the palace from him. The palace became the royal palace of choice right up to King George II - the last monarch to reside here.
Today, the palace is open to the public and is a major tourist attraction, including a large number of works of art from the Royal Collection, its fine gardens, a delightful maze, historic real tennis court, and one of the largest grape vines in the world (planted by George III)!
The palace has been given protection with a grade I listing, as does the early 16th-century tilt yard tower, the ancient walls, and Christopher Wren's Lion gate.
You may recognise the palace from films such as A Man for All Seasons (1966), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), and Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella (2015).