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26 June 2018A VISIT TO HEVER CASTLE & GARDENS
08 June 2018A TWO NIGHT VISIT TO THE GARDEN OF ENGLAND
16 May 2018A THREE HOUR RIVER CRUISE – HOMES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS
24 April 2018AFTERNOON VISIT TO NYMANS
13 September 2017GUIDED TOUR OF HOUSE AND GARDEN WITH TEA AT DORNEYWOOD
31 August 2017H0LIDAY BASED IN STRATFORD UPON AVON
23 August 2017ANNUAL VISIT TO CHICHESTER TO SEE FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
18 July 2017A VISIT TO IGHTHAM MOTE & EMMETTS GARDEN
28 June 2017A VISIT TO BASILDON PARK
21 May 2017TWO NIGHT BREAK BASED NR BATH

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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.