Apethorpe Palace, Northamptonshire, East Midlands
ountry house dating back to the 15th century; it was "favourite royal residence" for James I. Apethorpe is pronounced 'Ap-thorp'. The main house is built around three courtyards lying on an east–west axis and is approximately 80,000 square feet (7450 m2) in area. It is acknowledged as one of the finest Jacobean stately homes in England, and was the main seat of the Fane family, Earls of Westmorland.
Apethorpe holds a particularly important place in English history because of its ownership by, and role in entertaining, Tudor and Stuart monarchs. Elizabeth I inherited the palace from her father Henry VIII. Her successor, James I, personally contributed to its extension, resulting in a set of impressive state rooms, featuring some of the most important surviving plasterwork and fireplaces of the period. There were at least thirteen extended royal visits - more than to any other house in the county - between 1566 and 1636, and it was at Apethorpe that James met George Villiers, his favourite, later to become Duke of Buckingham. A series of court masques written by Ben Jonson for James I were performed while the King was in residence at Apethorpe. The palace was also lived in regularly by Charles I.
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