Drink From Henry VIII’s Wine Fountain

Drink from Henry VIII Wine Fountain

Henry VIII was a royal who did things a bit differently than everyone else and when it came to luxury the man knew how to live. The Hampton Court Palace has revived one of his royal pleasures, creating a Tudor wine fountain on the spot where his octagonal fountain stood in Base Court. The palace caretakers discovered the remains of a Tudor conduit or fountain during a major archaeological dig in 2008 and created the fountain based on the wine fountain shown in the Field of the Cloth of Gold painting which hangs in the Young Henry exhibition at Hampton Court Palace. The fountain flows with water every day but has been engineered, like Henry’s own wine fountains, to serve real wine on the weekends.

The fountain features 40 gilded lions’ heads based on those in the terracotta roundels that decorate the walls of the palace. The eight brass taps were designed based on a surviving Tudor tap found at the palace. The fountain bears a motto “faicte bonne chere quy vouldra” or “let he who wyshes make good cheere” in gilded lead letters based on those in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace.Each glass costs £3.50 in addition to the palace admission price.

Source :: www.luxist.com