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Archaeologists discover centuries-old foundations
Published: Thursday 23rd of October 2008
Hampton Court Palace is one of the country's oldest and most-loved tourist attractions. Now, archaeologists have uncovered even more layers to its unique history, it has emerged.
A building project to restore some courtyards from the 16th century saw workers uncover foundations believed to date from the 13th century, some 200 years before anything else that has yet been found on the site.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, a spokesperson for Historical Royal Palaces said: "While there is much speculation by archaeologists and curators about what the buildings were and how they were used, some very interesting possibilities are being considered.
"One theory is that the larger and earlier structure might be a simple barn, or more tantalisingly a hall or residential building that was part of the large manor of Hampton Court when the site was in the hands of Knights Hospitallers, a revered order of military monks."
Rumour has it that the ghost of Jane Seymour, former wife of Henry VIII, still haunts Hampton Court Palace after she died there in 1537.
LondonPass holders can gain free entry to Hampton Court Palace, a saving of £13.30 for adults and £6.65 for children.
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