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Hever Castle, Kent

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Hever Castle, Kent

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Hever Castle, Kent

Hever Castle in Kent could almost be renamed "Henry Castle", such are its connections with Henry VIII. It was built in the 13th century and converted into a manor in 1462 by Geoffrey Boleyn (or Bullen), once Lord Mayor of London, and thus became the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife.

The Castle’s current artefacts include two prayer books inscribed by Anne Boleyn – as well as instruments of torture… After Anne’s execution in 1536 and the death of her father, Thomas, in 1539, the property passed to the King, who subsequently gifted it to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, when they divorced in 1540.

In 1903, millionaire William Waldorf Astor bought Hever Castle and poured money into its restoration, creating its Tudor Village and spectacular gardens. The 35-acre lake alone took over 800 men more than two years to dig.


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Hever Castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, and was later given to Anne of Cleves after her marriage to Henry VIII was dissolved. The castle itself is great and the gardens are a delight on a summer day. Well worth a visit.

Adam Wallis

my daughter is the tudor expert, and has sent flowers to hever castle on the anniversary of anne boleyn's execution. joanne obviously is of the opinion that anne, as we say in america, "got a raw deal".
bill victory



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