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Hever was begun in 1270 by William de Hever, though the gatehouse is all that remains of that early fortress. In 1462 the castle passed to the Bullen (Boleyn) family.

Several decades after the Boleyn family took over Hever, its most famous inhabitant, Anne Boleyn, was born. Anne would spend much of her childhood at Hever, and Henry VIII is known to have visited during his courtship.

After Anne’s death the castle was given to Anne of Cleves, Henry’s fourth wife, and in the centuries that followed it passed through the hands of several owners until in 1903 it was purchased by William Waldorf Astor. Astor lavished his considerable fortune upon the estate, renovating the castle, building the “Tudor village”, and creating the wonderful gardens. Hever is now in the hands of a private company

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history, architecture, castle, kent, south east, anne boleyn, henry viii, hever castle

Comments

  • RedEyes
    RedEyesover 4 years ago

    beautiful, fairytale stuff again Sarah

  • Thank you Dave, it is indeed a fairytale castle and location :)

    Sarah

    – Sarah Dawson

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 4 years ago

    Superb work Sarah. Your work seems to have a crispness and gorgeous light, not just this image but all of your images I have seen so far.

  • Bob – such kind words, I appreciate that very much, thank you!

    Sarah

    – Sarah Dawson

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanover 4 years ago

    Haven’t been for a few years but this is a great capture of a really lovely castle and gardens Sarah. The inclusion of the lone swan is a nice touch too.

  • Thanks Stuart, yes I liked the swan too :)

    Sarah

    – Sarah Dawson

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