A grand hall in Northamptonshire built between 1470 and 1480, Apethorpe was an informal retreat for Tudor and Stuart monarchs including Elizabeth I, Henry VIII, James I and Charles I. A cross between a palace and hunting lodge, it was well equipped for leisure time and located conveniently close to quality hunting in nearby Rockingham Forest.
According to historian Marcus Binney, Apethorpe covers “a complete history of English architecture”. “What is extraordinary is that it has so many layers” he told the Telegraph in 2015, “You begin around 1500, and then you have this amazing Jacobean period and great 18th-century rooms and then revivalist wings from the 19th century.”
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