Using incredibly detailed accounts the garden has been restored to how it would have looked for William III in 1702. It contains the Tijou screen, twelve elaborate panels whose central motifs symbolise parts of the United Kingdom in wrought iron.
The Privy Garden is one of the most accurately reconstructed gardens at Hampton Court because so much was recorded about the original 1702 garden.
William III died before it was completely finished and all the gardeners and workmen were so scared of not being paid that they submitted the fullest accounts for all their work.
Even so, many of them including Tijou who made the ironwork and the supplier of the statues were never paid in full by Queen Anne.
The evidence of the workmen’s accounts was further corroborated by archaeology and historic garden plans.