Hever Castle in Kent

Hever Castle

Hever Castle

Hever Castle near Edenbridge in Kent is fascinating both because of its connection to Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII and also because of the amazing gardens that were created by William Waldorf Astor. The oldest part of the castle dates from 1270.  The Bullen family bought the castle in the early 1500s and it became the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.  Afterwards it passed to Anne of Cleves who was Henry VIII’s fourth wife.  It wasn’t until the early 1900s when the Astors who bought the house that the major restoration work commenced.  The Astors dealt in fur, pianos and property when they went to America and gradually became one of the wealthiest families in the country. William Waldorf who inherited his father’s wealth was responsible for creating the gardens and lake at Hever.

There is a rose garden, an Italian Garden, a lake, a yew maze and a water maze.  Amongst the exhibits in the castle is an hour book signed by Anne Boleyn and costumed figures of Henry VIII and his six wives.

Hever Castle Garden

Hever Castle Garden

Hever Castle Lake in the distance

Hever Castle Lake in the distance

Hever Castle Chess Board

Hever Castle Chess Board

Hever Castle Herbacious Border

Hever Castle Herbacious Border

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