Palace of Hatfield
ROYAL PALACES OF
QUEEN ELIZABETH I
If there is one palace, above all others, associated with Queen Elizabeth I then it is The Old Palace at Hatfield, Hertfordshire. The Queen spent much of her childhood here and it was one of her favourite residences. It was also at Hatfield Palace she was residing when she received news of her accession to the throne in 1558. Legend has it she was sitting beneath an Oak tree in the garden.
Elizabeth I and Courtiers
The old palace was built in the reign of King Henry VII, by John Morton, Bishop of Ely, but following the Reformation fell into King Henry VIII's hands. His son, King Edward VI, also spent time here as a child. Not much remains of the old palace, as it was demolished by Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, in the early seventeenth century, but fortunately the Banqueting Hall, where Queen Elizabeth held her first Council of State, still survives.
See inside the Great Hall of The Old Palace courtesy of the youtube video above from Virtual Tourist.