Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Hatfield House: King James's Drawing-Room

Hatfield House: King James's Drawing-Room  - photograph


It has already been stated that King James I., for convenience sake, gave Hatfield House, which had had intimate associations with royalty, to Sir Robert Cecil in exchange for the now-demolished Theobalds Palace. It is more than probable that in the room of which a picture is given above James was received by his Lord Treasurer. A bronze statue of the monarch adorns the mantelpiece of this finely-furnished apartment, which opens upon the splendid gallery on the first floor, and is situated in the eastern half of the house, being now known as the Winter Drawing Room. Among its many treasures may be mentioned the sacramental service used at the coronation of Philip and Mary, yellow silk stockings worn by Queen Elizabeth, a diamond rosary owned by Mary Queen of Scots, and a watch worn by James.