Fulham Palace: Functions and Distinctive Features of the Site

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‘To what extent are the functions and/or distinctive features of the site explained by the evidence you have studied?’ (20 marks)

Fulham Palace may seem as just a typical house for the very wealthy family due to its size. An ordinary visitor may view Fulham Palace as a country house within a renovated park; this may be suggested as the interpretation quotes “botanical garden of Bishop Compton and especially his plant collection”. Due to the fact that Fulham Palace is in the city this implies that there was many significant purposes, such as Fulham Palace being a work palace for 78 Bishops; as one of the features of the site was the size the palace could also be used as a ‘summer residence’ for the Bishops, his family and servants.

Since the 7th centaury Fulham Palace has been an accommodation to 78 Bishops until 1973 where Bishop Stopford was the last Bishop that lived there; after 1973 the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham took possession Fulham Palace. Fulham Palace holds such a historical background through many features such as the Great Hall which was built in 1495 and the Chapel built in 1860. From my visit of the site I learned the Great Hall was used for purposes such as banqueting, drawing room, chapel and dinning room. Bishop Winnington-Ingram held Christmas parties in the Great Hall and invite orphans, the children of clergy, as well as the Great Hall being used for entertainment purposes, during the medieval period servants that worked within Fulham Palace used to sleep in the Great Hall. As Fulham Palace is now within the possession of the local council the Great Hall is hired out for many different purposes, Source B is a picture of a wedding party celebration in the Great Hall in 2009, illustrating the changing of purposes and its availability change to the public.

The current chapel is the fourth chapel at Fulham Palace built in 1860, the chapel was built personally for Bishop Tate after the loss of his children who died of small pox, it...
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