#46 Hever Castle
1270 - 1482
This is NOT an official Lego site
This castle is dedicated to my good friend, Jim Wideman, who kindly provided the courtyard and interior photographs of
Hever as well as the plan of the castle - all from an official guidebook he kept for many years after his visit to Hever while
working for several years in England for A.E. Staley Company, now Tate & Lyle. Jim and I played golf in the same foursome
twice a week for years. My witty and compassionate friend died suddenly in his home on May 1, 2005 at age 78. He is
fondly remembered and dearly missed by his wife Erla, family and numerous friends, including Judy and me!
beautiful Fortified Manor House was begun by William de
Hever about 1270, with his grandson William and
greatgreatgrandson Sir John de Cobham granted licenses to
add more battlements in 1340 and 1380 respectively. The
castle was purchased by Sir Geoffrey Boleyn, Lord Mayor
of London, in 1460, and the artificial lake was added at
that time. The Boleyn's were at the pinnacle of London
society for several generations. It was Geoffrey's
grandson Thomas who inherited Hever Castle.
was Sir Thomas' children who had so much trouble with
King Henry VIII! Thomas' elder daughter Mary became Henry's
mistress and later Anne became his unfortunate wife.
Thomas' son George was also beheaded by Henry on a charge
of adultery with his own sister, the Queen! Anne was of
course the mother of Elizabeth I. The castle was bought
by William Waldorf Astor in 1903 and much restoration was
done at that time. The castle is still owned by the
Astors. Several photos below show the current courtyard,
Entrance Hall, Tower Hall and Henry VIII's bedroom.
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