The camera never lies… Or does it !?!?…

Henry’s Pad

There’s no denying that this is an amazing place, and I was so pleased to get this shot, at this particular time of day, and fortunately without any people in the shot either… Now I have to confess patience was definitely a virtue for this one, as the light was NOT good despite this shot… The sky behind me was full of storm clouds with just the odd break when the sun shone through, and waiting for that and the moment when no one was in the shot was painful… A number of times I had the sun, but a group of people crossing the bridge… I’m guessing I must have waited a good 25mins for the perfect moment… But that was ok, as the kids were spending all of my money in the shop… lol…


And now for a bit of history unashamedly borrowed from Wikipedia… Hever Castle, in Kent, England (in the village of Hever), was the seat of the Boleyn, originally ‘Bullen’[1] family. It began as a country house, built in the 13th century and converted into a manor in 1462 by Geoffrey Boleyn, who served as Lord Mayor of the City of London.

The original country house timber remains can still be seen within the stone walls of the fortification. Some time after 1505, the Boleyn family moved in, and Anne Boleyn (and her siblings, Mary Boleyn and George Boleyn), although probably not born here, did grow up here for a time, before she was sent to the Netherlands and then to the French court for her education from 1513 to 1521. After Anne married King Henry VIII of England secretly in 1533; she and her brother George were executed in 1536 and her father Thomas Boleyn died in 1539, the property came into the possession of Henry VIII. He bestowed it on Anne of Cleves upon the annulment of their marriage (1540), but she probably spent little time there (although she did die there). Hever Castle still has one of Henry’s private locks, taken with him on his various visits to noblemen’s houses and fitted to every door for his security.[1]

The building subsequently passed through various owners, including the Waldegrave family in 1557, and the Meade Waldo family from 1749–1903. During this latter period of ownership, the castle fell into a poor state of repair, during which time it was leased to various private tenants, until it was acquired, in 1906 and completely restored by the American millionaire William Waldorf Astor, who used it as a family residence. [2] The estate is now run as a conference centre, but the castle is open to the public and is particularly well known for its mazes. The only original part of Hever Castle is the gatehouse. In the castle there are exhibits from differing historical eras, including instruments of torture and a museum of the Kent Yeomanry.


6 responses

  1. Oh oh OH it was so worth the wait! Crying with jealousy that you got 25 mins to wait for a shot. When can I fob my kids off with money to go away so I get more than 25 seconds….LOL!

    Brilliant shot, great work.

    September 26, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    • LOL… Well trust me… 25 seconds would have been an awful lot cheaper for sure… and I’d not have been shot in the back of the head by a fake bow and arrow on the journey home… ;)

      September 26, 2009 at 10:32 pm

  2. Bertie

    What an amazing picturesque scene! I sure wouldn’t mind if this was MY pad, although I might need a staff to help me keep it up. hmmmm… Gorgeous image and with such a neat history too

    September 27, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    • Well having spent a good hour or more exploring all of the interior rooms available to the public, I kinda think I wouldn’t mind living there too… Although “maybe” I might think about changing the torture room in to something a little bit more light hearted… ;)

      September 27, 2009 at 8:33 pm

  3. Lyanne

    You see patience is something I don’t have-this is stunning, and I like Hever although an always disappointed by its size! The water maze rocks though. I need a lesson in patience…

    September 29, 2009 at 6:30 am

    • Well I’m not renowned for my patience either, but when the choice is waiting outside with the camera, or wandering round a shop thinking to myself “no way is THAT worth £15”, then I’ll opt for the patient hanging around outside every time… ;)

      September 29, 2009 at 6:37 am

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