Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

One of the favourite sports of British Royalty through the ages has been hunting. It is a tradition that has continued for centuries with Henry VIII having been particularly fond of the sport. In fact some of the Royal Parks to be found in London are former hunting reserves that were for the sole purpose of serving as hunting grounds for the monarch and members of the nobility.

If you have planned a visit to London then a visit to some of these former areas is recommended. When deciding to choose a place to stay accommodation on Hogarth road Kensington London would be the ideal place to stay on a trip.

One of the best hotels in the area is the London Premier Hotel Kensington that is centrally located and well connected to the main attractions in London. Once you are done visiting the prominent tourist attractions a visit to Queen Elizabeth’s hunting Lodge that exists on the outskirts of Epping Forest is definitely not to be missed. While it is definitely smaller and less stately than other Tudor lodges to be found in the countryside, it still retains a distinct Tudor character of its own.

It was commissioned by Henry VIII and was completed in 1543. As was the norm with King Henry, it was to be built on a grander scale than any other lodge ever built. It was christened the ‘Great Standing’, as it was the sole three-floor edifice at that period. Of course there is no proof that Henry actually visited the place on account of his deteriorating health. When he died it passed on to other members of the royal family. It is rumoured that Queen Elizabeth rode her steed up the stairs to commemorate the defeat of the Spanish Armada. While there is no actual evidence of Elizabeth having visited the place, it was used by visiting foreign royalty and by nobles.

The windows were added later in the 17th century when the place was used as the Manor Court. This practice continued till 1851, after which it was converted into a natural history museum. In the 1960s it along with Epping Forest came under the management of City of London Council. The feature that makes it uniquely historical is that its interiors and exteriors retain the original design, with even the furniture being kept intact as it was in the 17th century. Visitors are captivated with the Tudor kitchen that is located downstairs that even has an Elizabethan hearth. Visitors have to make their way up the stairs that were purpose built shallow, for the nobility to climb fashionably, from where they would watched the hunt outside. The fireplace on the first storey features the symbolic Tudor roses motifs and the ceiling on the second storey has beams designed in the shape of antlers, to signify the purpose of the lodge.

A great place to enjoy a leisurely visit to, while enjoying the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding Epping Forest!

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