East Molesey in Surrey County, England, United Kingdom
Home Park and the Long Water
Henry VIII’s hunting park and Charles II’s formal canal.
Hunting at Hampton Court Hampton Court’s great attraction for Henry VIII (r 1509-1547) and later monarchs was its hunting. Henry enclosed this 750 acre (300 hectare) park to keep his deer.
William III’s (r 1689-1702) horse Sorrel is famously believed to have stumbled on a molehill in Home Park which led to his untimely death in 1702. Queen Anne (r 1702-1714), who was not very mobile still loved to hunt ‘like jehu’ – an ancient biblical warrior-king – in a single horse carriage. The 300 fallow deer in Home Park today are descended from Henry VIII’s original herd.
‘… formerly a naked piece of ground, now planted with sweet rows of lime trees, and the canal for water near perfected.’ John Evelyn, 1662
The Long Water In 1660 King Charles II began to create a formal baroque garden, digging this great three-quarter mile long canal in celebration of his marriage. He even had a Venetian gondola as a wedding gift. Either side of the Long Water are avenues of over 2,000 lime trees.
Nearby are two richly carved pedestals made for the magnificent marble vases you can now find in the palace entrance hall behind you.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Horticulture & Forestry • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 51° 24.178′ N, 0° 20.009′ W. Marker is in East Molesey, England, in Surrey County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Hampton Court Bridge and Hampton Court Road, on the right when traveling north. Located in Hampton Court Palace. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: East Molesey, England KT8 9AS, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Golden Jubilee Fountain (a few steps from this marker); The Great Fountain Garden (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Broad Walk (about 210 meters away); The Privy Garden (about 210 meters away); Barge Walk (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Site of the Toy Inn (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Molesey Riverbank (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); The Family Coat of Arms of Thomas Newland Allen (approx. 0.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East Molesey.
Also see . . .
1. Hampton Court Palace. (Submitted on June 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Hampton Court Palace on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.