Why was a deer park created in Richmond?

What we now know as Richmond Park was created by Charles I in the 1630s as a royal hunting ground for himself and his aristocratic friends. Charles loved hunting, and he also favoured Richmond Palace as a royal residence. The Palace was by the River Thames so Charles looked for suitable land nearby for his ‘New Park’.  The Hearsum Collection has this beautiful map of the county of Surrey by John Speed, dated 1610.  The detailed view shows Richmond Palace near the area which was later enclosed by the King.

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