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Hello this is Jonah and I've come to Hampton Court palace by the River Thames to get into the mood for Halloween Hampton Court Palace belonged to England's King Henry v Eight in the sixteenth century and as you may know he had six packed with history and I can well imagine a few ghosts I'm going to be walking around the state apartments with Sheila who leads the ghost tours at Hampton court Sheila's kindly agreed to tell me the spookiest stories of the palace so Sheila thank you very much for agreeing to show me around this wonderful palace where to most of the stories come from will most of the stories Jonah come from our grace-and-favour residents they were special people that lived here from seventeen six eighty who the done some great service for the crown and they could live here rent free life and they became known as Jason Faith residents looks like a wonderful place to live but can be very scary there lots of ghosts stores here attributed to Hampton Court Palace and yes I can testify to working here in the day and a lot of strange unexplained and frankly scary things do happen a wonderful that's exactly what I want to hear where will you take us I well I think we should start in the famous Tudor haunted gallery a wonderful I'm excited so in the famous gallery is quite dark and it's famous painting that must be Henry the eighth over here sheet of what does this mean all this is one of Henry's face Mus galleries where he would basically walk from his private apartment alone here and you see we've got two doors to either side off the wall these doors lead to Henry the eighth and his queen whoever she was at the time their private praying rooms the top the chapel and Henry used to say most of his devotions in this private room next to where I'm standing and he very rarely went down into the body of the chapel the ground floor was that he just preferred to be alone while he said his devotion so people knew every morning when Henry was at Hampton court where he was going to be an even one eat broken away from the Catholic church he still said his prayers in here every morning so how does Katherine Howard fit into that are good question now Catherine Howard was Henry Gates fifth wife and by the time she married the being the king was about fifty years of age Catherine was eighteen she was basis she was pretty she liked all the things that a young people like music closed dancing and in fact she made Henry the eighth feel young again but Henry was far from the which is man that you see in that painting just to your right hand side Henry had a waste of fifty one inches he was grossly fat most visit teeth or rotting in his mouth and courtier said before you heard him coming along the corridor Odia you could smell him why did he let himself go so much and he was fifty he was fifty years of age well he'd always been quite healthy but he had a fall from his horse when he was twenty eighty five he couldn't do as much exercise he had an ulcer on his lake and all the sort of medical conditions slowed the king he ate a lot because he could afford it yet he partied and that was the price he paid thank you for that why is Katherine associated with this gallery right it was fifteen forty one and Henry and Catherine had been married for six months they were here at Hampton court to St the over and celebrate Christmas but what Henry didn't know was this lovely queen of his had secret past she had two boys friends before she married the king and his she'd probably been honest and told the king he would have still married but she kept this secret they find out I mean how do the king find out when he found out later by chance because Catherine was here at Hampton court but what Henry didn't know was she'd started a friendship with a gentleman at court a man called Thomas culpeper and they will round about the same age the time the king was in his apartments later with his ill health a lot of time Catherine was young she wanted fun and she spent her time with colpepper dancing playing cards giggling having fun like young people do and soon evitable happened and friendship turned to love now catherine sat down and she made the biggest mistake of her life she wrote Colpepper a letter in his letter it said how much she loved him and how much he wished she was his wife and how much she regretted marrying the king he was old he was smelly he was no fun she didn't want to have children with him in fact he repulsed her misselling later this was all in the lateran giveaway isn't it what a silly goal she was an inevitably the letter was found and taken to the king who I denounced at all it's a pack of lies in fact he left the letter on his desk in his private apartments and did not open it for two days ace but when he did the truth bore upon him and he cried like a baby and he was very angry genuinely loved her so he jen new in love and now he gave orders that Catherine beheld under house arrest which meant Yeomen of the guard on her door so they would watch her every move while investigations to these allegations were going on courtiers came to tell Henry that indeed his wife had had to the boyfriend before she married Francis Theorem who was a cousin of hers and Henry Mannix a music teacher so colpepper Ron System and Henry Mannix hold off to the famous tower of London the interogations Catherine was held in her rooms what kind of interogations asking them questions really not so much interrogation but torture to extract the truth from them did they tell the truth didn't matter to Henry whether they told the truth or not these allegations had come to light and they were probably guilty sushila how did the story play out in the end will catharine with young she did not want to die. she had to have a plan and legend has it that while she was under house arrest one morning she managed to escape the attention of gods she tip toed down this famous gallery and when she got to the store just to my left hand side it was closed Aspen Normal Henry was on the other side saying his morning devotions and when Catherine got here she gently knocked on door and probably said something like Henry it's your wife it's Catherine please could you come out I do need to speak to you you see she had to be polite she was fighting for her life Henry on the other aside heard her please do you think he was gonNA open that door well I always assume that love with prevail but what happened Henry was a broken man he'd seen that letter and all the detestable things that she'd written about him and the funny thing was and the sad in was they were all true but he thought he had finally found the right wife for him so henry resolved to keep the door closed and to keep on praying to God maybe praying that if he married a gain he would find the right one however the more that does state housed the more desperate the poor girl became until after a minute or two she was crying begging the Henry to come out he never did Harry Unforgiving Yeomen of the Guard solway she was and they dragged her literally kicking and screaming back to her apartment she put up a fight she did not want to go she knew if she didn't see Henry Her fate would be sealed or a tragedy does her ghost Doc if you seen her ghost I haven't personally but many grace-and-favour residents particularly in the Victorian period of toll owed the dead of night of hearing the earthly shrieks and screams of a gyro where we're running along this guy ellery glimpses of the young queen in ghostly form or cold or seen regularly up until nineteen hundred when this Korea was painted it was spruced up and it was open to our day visitors now it's often said that ghosts or permissions do not like change and although strange things still happen in this gallery the ghostly form of young Catherine Howard had is not been seen since should I tell you the conclusion to the tail yes please yes now February time fifteen forty two do it was deemed that Catherine Howard after thorough investigations was guilty of adultery having other boyfriends and Tree site met her is three heads on spikes front system Henry Mannix and in the middle her beloved with Thomas culpeper they all been hung drawn courted and their heads would stay on traitor's gate for three years so to deter anyone else from crossing swords or doing anything that would upset His Majesty King Henry yea Geeta that was a fascinating and spooky story thank you very much I've become a degree colder actually listening to that.

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