I have discovered the existence of the occupation 'experimental food historian'. Apparently an experimental food historian researches in crazy crazy detail recipes from the time they're interested in, finds the original cooking utensils from that time, gets craftsmen to painstakingly re-create them, makes the meals in kitchens that are a replica of historical kitchens and even does crazy things like timing how long it would take a servant to take a banquet from palace kitchen to palace banquet hall and thus find out how hot the food would have been when it arrived on the table.
Hampton Court Palace apparently sees fit to employ not one but several of these crazy people.
Three out of six ghosts prefer Hampton Court. Really, it turns out it is the residence of Kind Henry VII and three out of his six wives haunt the place. The palace is unbelievably huge, I think in the end I was there for four hours and I didn't get through it all, and the place seems to be one of the smaller palaces that England has to offer. I can't get over the fact that they have these huge haunted castles just lying around, this one in the middle of a quite nice suburb about ten minutes from where I'm staying. I also cannot get over how many chimneys they place had. I took more photos of the chimneys than I think was strictly justified and then my camera battery ran out. I will post the photos later, camera currently in room with sleeping person.