BBC News – Coronavirus: Spending lockdown in Henry VIII’s palace
The Spring Bank Holiday would usually see thousands of tourists descend upon the UK’s historic palaces, mansions and stately homes.
But these incredible buildings and gardens, which were once homes for royals and the super rich, are being occupied by just a few people who are maintaining them during the pandemic.
What is it like living and working in these now deserted houses and grounds?
I do feel incredibly fortunate. There are definitely worse places to be locked down than a palaceLucy Hutchings
The complex beside the River Thames in south-west London was for many years home to the Tudor king and is rumoured to be haunted by his third wife Jane Seymour. It was later home to Oliver Cromwell and eventually opened to the public by Queen Victoria.
Some 21,000 visitors would normally pass through the doors during Spring Bank Holiday and various events like jousting contests had been planned for this weekend.