The history of Hatfield House
Hatfield House was completed in 1611 and was built by Robert Cecil first Earl of Sailsbury and son of Lord Burghley who was the chief minister to Elizabeth I. The older part of the palace was owned by Elizabeth I’s father King Henry VIII. This was not only the home for Elizabeth I but also a home for a time for Edward and Mary her half brother and sister. Elizabeth lived there when she found out she was to be the new Queen. In the gardens there is a tree which is supposed to mark the spot where Elizabeth first heard the news that she was to became Queen after the death of Mary. The home of Salisbury went on to be a home for his descendets for the next 400 years.