The 1542 inventory of the palace of Westminster


Hayward, M. (2002) The 1542 inventory of the palace of Westminster. History Today, 52, (11), 7-8.

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Maria Hayward uncovers the role of Sir Anthony Denny as Henry VIII's palace keeper.

'First oone Gowne of purple Satten furred with Pampilion/the Sleves and border set with oone hundred and thertye diamondes set in golde and a hundred thertye and oone Clusters of Peerle.’

It is fitting that the first few entries in the 1542 inventory of the Palace of Westminster deal with the small selection of Henry VIII’s clothes that were kept there. These clothes, including the King’s Parliament robes, act as a reminder that the first significant office held by Sir Anthony Denny (1501–49) within Henry VIII’s household was that of Yeoman of the Robes. By 1542, Denny had progressed significantly. He had been previously Second Chief Gentleman of the Privy Chamber and had also held the office of Keeper of the King’s New Palace of Westminster (also known as Whitehall) for six years.

The inventory reflects aspects of the lives of three key individuals: the King, the Keeper and the Clerk who compiled and updated the document. Denny’s inventory is the largest surviving inventory taken of Henry’s possessions during his lifetime. There are no comparable inventories of objects held by the keepers of Greenwich, Hampton Court, Oatlands, Windsor or Nonsuch taken between 1509-47.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: 1542, inventory, palace of Westminster
Subjects: T Technology > TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Art
ePrint ID: 16325
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2005
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:06
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/16325

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