Not much remains of the childhood home of Elizabeth I. It was in the park at Hatfield that Elizabeth was told of her sister's death, and that she was now Queen of England. The oak that she was supposedly sitting under no longer remains, but Queen Elizabeth II planted a new one on that spot.

Only one wing of the original palace remains, which includes the great hall where Elizabeth held her first council upon becoming Queen. Today the hall is used for Elizabethan Banquets.


Outside the Great Hall, in the driveway area


One end of the Great Hall. Note the timber-framed ceiling


The other end of the Great Hall

 


The Elizabethan knot gardens are visible to the right in this photo


A close-up of the decorative brick patterns


The Old Palace and Gardens


Marble carving of Elizabeth and Court


The courtyard of the Old Palace


 All photographs © Lara E. Eakins

England and Wales 1998
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