Henry VIII in Kent
Henry's favourite building, Hever Castle
Henry VIII at Hever
Henry VIII had many links to Hever Castle, apart from it being home of one of his wives, Anne Boleyn.
Sir Thomas Boleyn, Anne's father, was an ambassador in France, and Anne, her sister and her mother were all Ladies in Waiting to Henry's first wife, Catherine of Aragon.
Kent Henry would have come the castle to court Anne and many argue that Hever Castle played a part in the formation of the Church of England. The Roman Catholic church wouldn't allow Henry to divorce Catherine and marry Anne, so he had to break away from Rome to be with Anne.
One of Henry VIII's locks remains at Hever.
Doug Leslie, Chief Executive of Hever Castle took us on a tour.
Henry was paranoid about being assassinated, and travelled with a locksmith. His locks would be fitted to his bedroom where ever he stayed, and then removed when the royal party moved on, and affixed at his next resting place.
Henry's bedroom at Hever.
Henry's room at the castle, was probably Sir Thomas's bedroom the rest of the time, and being the best room in the house, his host was expected to give it up for his king. It is very likely that a bed would have been especially built for Henry's stay. All the residents of the castle would have been moved to the outhouses to make room for Henry and his large entourage. No expense would have been spared for the monarch's visit.
last updated: 19/06/2009 at 15:00