Hatfield House (around twenty miles north of London) is home to two fascinating buildings. A Jacobean stately home built by Robert Cecil (minister to King James I) and the ‘Old Palace’ – a tudor brick building built by Cardinal Morton in 1485, subsequently seized by King Henry VIII at the Dissolution in 1536 and later used as a residence for Henry’s children; Mary, Edward and Elizabeth. Elizabeth was virtually a prisoner here during the reign of Mary. Upon the death of Mary in 1558 Elizabeth held her first Council of State in the hall of the Old Palace.
Hatfield House was home to the 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (three times prime minister in the late 19th century) and is today home to Lord Salisbury, both descendants of Robert Cecil.