Headless Statue

Contributed by Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

This is a headless statue originally pictured next to a seat with a surprise view. Because of the effect of the dissolution on the Abbey, and the link with Henry VIII's second wife Anne Boleyn, who was beheaded, the statue became known as Anne Boleyn and the seat Anne Boleyn's Seat. The statue was found in the grounds of the Estate and was restored to it's original position in 2001.

Anne Boleyn's Seat was originally built for Georgian visitors, who would sit in the seat and be surprised when huge wooden doors opened, to reveal the view of the gardens and Abbey below. This was the Aislabie's way of showing off the estate that they owned.

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