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Re: Hever Castle
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2016, 22:25:24 »


In 1270 a country house was built in Hever by Thomas Cobham, the country house consisted of a walled house and bailey.  Almost 200 years later, in 1462, the house needed repair and during these works it became a manor.  This work was ordered by Geoffrey Boleyn, who added a Tudor dwelling within the walls.



Geoffrey’s grandson, Thomas Boleyn, inherited the castle in 1505 and lived there with his wife, Lady Elizabeth Howard, and their children, George, Mary and Anne, who was to later marry Henry VIII.



After Thomas’s death the castle was inherited by Henry VIII who gave it to his 4th wife Anne of Cleves in 1540 as part of the settlement of their annulment.



The building passed through various owners after Anne’s death including the Waldegraves in 1557, the Meade family from 1749 to 1903.  In 1903 it was bought and restored by William Waldorf Astor.  It was during this ownership the Italian garden was added.  Since 1983 the castle has been owned by Broadland Properties Ltd.




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Re: Hever Castle
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2016, 22:13:12 »
I had the fortune to visit the castle for the first time last Dec (Christmas Lunch included) on a coach outing. Cold but the daffodils were blooming along the castle wall. The interior was decorated for Christmas - one really felt at home because it is not an overwhelming building. Everyone enjoyed the visit so much there is a return trip this month. And I am booked on another for Dec. It is worth a visit any  time of the year.

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Re: Hever Castle
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2016, 22:34:57 »
Great pics  of Hever, I love visiting. Guess whose Grandson got soaked in the 'unique' water maze though  :)

And guess who's son did last week ;-)

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Re: Hever Castle
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Re: Hever Castle
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2012, 19:48:23 »
Great place but I'm biased.  It also houses the Kent & Sharpshooters Yeomanry regimental museum so here are a couple of  photos of the guidon taken during a regimental day parade a few years ago. 

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Re: Hever Castle
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2012, 16:17:50 »
  July 1903. Hever, a dilapidated 13th century castle where Henry VIII once courted Anne Bolelyn, has been purchased by Mr William Waldorf Astor, a 55 year old American millionaire who came to settle in England more than 10 years ago.
  The castle and 630 acres of surrounding land has suffered centuries of gradual decay. The last owner Mr Edmund Meade Waldo, who resided at Stonewall Park some two miles away, had leased the property to a succession of tenant farmers.
  Mr Astor, whose wife died some years ago, already owns a grand house at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire and others in New York, Rome and London. He has gained practical experience of building construction, interior decoration and garden design. More important, he has a keen appreciation of quality and a true respect for history. He was devastated to find the oak panels whitewashed, large rooms partitioned off, windows filled in (to avoid window tax) and the garden totally neglected.
  The American plans to restore the castle, construct a Tudor style village beyond the moat as an annexe for his house guests and domestic staff, create a lake, restore the gardens, perhaps in an Italian style, and furnish the house with rare and beautiful works of art.

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Re: Hever Castle
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2012, 15:32:59 »

   1903. A plan of the proposals for Hever Castle and gardens. The solid line north from Hever shows the route of the road as it is now. The dotted line shows the proposed diversions. Also shown is the natural course of the river running through the shaded areas which are the planned lakes and water works.

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Re: Hever Castle
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2011, 21:54:07 »
Cheers RWTA!
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Re: Hever Castle
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2011, 22:13:35 »
Nice touch Cliveh and good images - Islesy - great image.

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Re: Hever Castle
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2011, 13:51:06 »
Great pics  of Hever, I love visiting. Guess whose Grandson got soaked in the 'unique' water maze though  :)
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Re: Hever Castle
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2011, 09:02:05 »

 
The castle is best known as the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the second and arguably most influential wife of Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I. It was at Hever Castle that Anne first met Henry who became infatuated with her after his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, failed to provide him with a male heir and he tired of his former mistress, Anne's sister, Mary.

Henry's passion for Anne led him to reform the Church of England, placing himself at its head, in order to divorce Catherine. However, Henry and Anne's life together was not to end happily as he became enraged with her for not providing him with a son. In 1536 Anne was arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London on a charge of High Treason based on adultery and incest with her brother. Anne was executed on 19th May 1536, Henry went on to marry another four times and Hever Castle was reverted to the Crown.

The oldest parts of the castle, the gatehouse, walled bailey, moat and drawbridge date back to 1270. The Boleyn family added the Tudor dwelling inside the castle wall in 1500. Finally, in 1903 William Astor extensively restored the castle, filled it with treasures and built the private wing (now available for hire for private functions), gardens and lake.

Today, the castle is home to historical pieces ranging from exquisite antiques, elaborate furniture and a collection of Tudor portraits second only to the National Portrait Gallery. Notably, the Henry VIII armorial tapestry carrying the Hampton Court label hangs above the fireplace in the Dining Hall and prayer books from 1450, inscribed by Anne Boleyn sit in the Book of Hours Room.

The gardens of Hever Castle provide another excellent reason to visit, with four acres of mature and varied formal gardens that are a delight in any season. Individual gardens range from Anne Boleyn's Orchard, the Rhododendron Walk, to the Rose Garden with many more in between. Perhaps most spectacular are the beautiful Italian Gardens and at their foot, a magnificent Loggia, Piazza, fountain and 38-acre lake. On top of this, topiary decorates much of the castle surroundings and Hever Castle boasts one of the few full hedge mazes in the country open to the public, as well as a unique water maze.
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Hever Castle
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2010, 19:10:16 »
Hi all!

Visited Hever Castle & Gardens today set in a very historic part of Kent that seems to be a bit neglected on the Forum. A lovely castle and beautiful lake & gardens.

The castle was built around 1200AD, it's first owner a Walter de Hevere.

It's most famous resident was Anne Boleyn, future doomed second wife of Henry VIII. Her father, Sir Thomas Bullen, inherited the Castle in 1505 so Anne was probably born here and it was certainly her childhood home.

For much of the 20thC it was owned by the famous Astor family. The 2nd Baron Astor of Hever sold it to a private company in 1983.

 









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