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Modern Britain

Photobox: Castles of England

by Linda Weeks, 17 May 2019

Hever Castle is in Kent, very close to the Surrey and Sussex borders. The original medieval defensive castle with its gatehouse and walled bailey was built in 1270. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries it was the home of one of the most powerful families in the country, the Boleyns, who added the Tudor dwelling within the walls. Anne Boleyn, queen for a thousand days, met Henry Tudor here while he was still married to his first wife.

The castle later passed into the ownership of another of Henry's wives, Anne of Cleves, but her death in 1557 meant that it was subsequently owned by a number of families including the Waldegraves, the Humphreys, and the Meade Waldos. Gradually it fell into decline before William Waldorf Astor invested time, money, and imagination in restoring the castle. He commissioned the 'Tudor Village' which lies behind it, now called the 'Astor Wing', and construction of the magnificent gardens and lake.

All photos on this page contributed by copyright © P L Kessler, reproduced with permission.

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Main Sources

Channel 4's The Six Wives of Henry VIII series by Doctor David Starkey

Online Sources

Hever Castle official site

History Extra

On the Tudor Trail



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