The oldest parts of the this castle were built in 1270 which consisted of the gatehouse and walled Bailey. In 1462 repair was needed, Geoffrey Boleyn turned it in to a manor.
Hever castle was the childhood home of Ann Boleyn, the 2nd wife of Henry 8th
Who sadly lost her head, when Henry fell in love with Jane Seymour, and Ann was executed on grounds of Adultery, Treason, Incest.
When Ann’s father died, the property became king Henry possession
When Henry divorced his 4th wife Ann of Cleves. she was givin a generous settlement including Hever castle
The castle has passed through many owners including The Astor family. William Waldorf Astor
Who restored the castle, added the Italian Garden and the Tudor village.
William also built The Waldorf hotel in New York and his rival and cousin John Jacob Astor, built the adjoining hotel Astoria Hotel. Which the 2 hotels became the Waldorf-Astroria hotel. Sadly John Jacob lost his life on 12th April 1912 when the RMS Titanic sank.
Hever Castle was sold to Broadland properties in 1983, and Is open to the public....Yayy. I have to say Hever castle is one of my favourite castle and the grounds are beautiful....I have many wonderful memories here and thought that Ann Boylen, Henry 8th and Ann of Cleves once walked around this castle and grounds...makes me love it even more. #hevercastle#henry8th#annboleyn#annofcleves#tudors#castle#astorfamily#history#favoritecastle
The details and booking information for our next series of Research Lunches (starting on 19 January) have been released on our website. Our Research Lunches are informal events where a scholar gives a paper on a topic of British Art or Architecture over a sandwich lunch provided by the Centre, all of these events are free.
19 January 2018
Re-assessing ‘liveliness’ in Post-Reformation English visual culture by Christina J Faraday
2 February 2018
‘Nor is the figure a mere theatrical portrait’: Exhibiting and Reproducing Theatrical Portraits in London, 1830 – 1860 by Tessa Kilgarriff
16 February 2018
Public Art and its Publics in Post-War Britain by Robert Sutton
2 March 2018
Cruikshank's Alcoholics and The Addict in Austerity by Susannah Walker
For more information and to book a space please visit the events page on our website.
Image: Unknown artist after Lucas de Heere, An allegory of the Tudor Succession: The Family of Henry VIII, from the Paul Mellon collection at @yalebritishart .