Henry VIII added the Great Hall to Hampton Court Palace in 1532-35 and it would become the last medieval Great Hall built for any English monarch. The most characteristic about this large hall is the large wooden beams at the ceiling - the initials of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn is still a part of the decoration.
When Henry VIII reigned this was the most important room of the entire castle - seen through a courtier's eyes. This is were the King would dine on a dais overlooking his court - in fact Henry was so impatient with this particular room that he made the masons work at night by candlelight as well as all through the day! Shakespeare performed a play of his in front of James I on New Years-day 1603 - the same year that Elizabeth I died.
|Windows. You can see the top of Henry VIII's tapestries|