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DateOuting
26 June 2018A VISIT TO HEVER CASTLE & GARDENS
23 July 2018A VISIT TO UPPARK
22 August 2018A VISIT TO CHICHESTER THEATRE TO SEE "ME AND MY GIRL"
09 September 2018THE HISTORIC HOUSES & HERITAGE OF DEVON & CORNWALL

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A VISIT TO HEVER CASTLE & GARDENS
26/06/2018

Cost:  £33

 

 

 

 

 

Spanning more than 700 years, the history of Hever Castle is rich and varied.  The original medieval defensive, double moated castle was built in 1270 and by the 15th century it had become the home of the Boleyn family and was the childhood home of Anne, who became Henry VIII’s ill-fated second wife.

After the Boleyns the castle passed through various hands and gradually fell into decline before being bought by William Waldorf Astor, a wealthy American who lavished his vast wealth on restoring Hever.  It is largely thanks to him that we can still enjoy the castle today.

What is surprising is that the plaster ceilings and the ornate wooden panelling are 20th century masterpieces not medieval.  Simon Jenkins gives the castle 4 stars and considers the work some of the finest 20th century craftsmanship in England.  Astor insisted that the workmen used no modern aids in their work.

Many of you may have visited Hever before, but much has been done in recent years, particularly in the gardens which should be at their best when we visit.

We shall leave Mitcham at 8.50am, Wimbledon at 9.20am and Raynes Park at 9.30am and, traffic permitting, we should be back by 5.30pm.