For "combined beauty .. and historical interest .. within easy reach of London" is none comparable to "the stately Tudor palace which stands on the left bank of the Thames .. though hidden in trees." The "showplace .. conveys impressions of beauty and restfulness in a way that few others can."

Illustrations: Lion Gate, Great Gatehouse, Wolsey's Kitchen, Anne Boleyn's Gateway, Clock Court, Master Carpenter's Court, Fountain Court, Great Hall, Pond Garden, East Front, Wilderness, and more.

"Close by those meads for ever crown'd with flowers
Where Thames with pride surveys his rising towers
There stands a structure of majestic frame,
Which from the neighb'ring Hampton takes its name." -Pope