The death of Henry VIII – and Whitehall Palace

The Lost City of London - Before the Great Fire of 1666

Close-up of the Banqueting House ceiling by Rubens Close-up of the Banqueting House ceiling by Rubens

January 28th –  On this day in 1547, Henry VIII “dyed at hys most princely howse at Westminster, comenly called Yorkeplace or Whytehall”  (Stow).

The house, or rather palace, was originally built for the  Archbishops of York in the thirteenth century, circa 1240, when it was known as York Place.  It was acquired by Henry VIII from the then Archbishop of York, Cardinal Wolsey, in 1529 (see also Whitehall Palace posting here).  This was  not long after a fire had rendered parts of the nearby Old Palace of Westminster unusable, in 1512  (see also Westminster Hall posting).

The Banqueting House The Banqueting House

 General view of the Banqueting House interior - from the entrance General view of the Banqueting House interior – from the entrance

Under Henry,  the palace was  renamed Whitehall, and the populace was reminded “You must no more call it York Place: that is past; For since the Cardinal fell…

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