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2008/08/30 Hever Castle: home of Anne Boleyn

Photos aren’t permitted inside Hever Castle, but the gardens and nearby church are scenic.
I had watched the movie The Other Boleyn Girl on a series of airplane trips, so when Martin and Nicola suggested that while we were in Kent, we might see Hever Castle — the childhood home of Anne Boleyn (the second wife of Henry VIII) — I was intrigued.  The village of Hever is so small that I might have missed it when we went through.  The castle is approached through a gatehouse.

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Down the walk, the castle gradually emerges from behind the trees.

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The gardens have a large collection of sculpted topiary.  I like the idea of topiary, but I sometimes puzzle what the shapes are supposed to be.

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The variety of shapes leads me think about the natural growth from which the sculptors start. Continue reading2008/08/30 Hever Castle: home of Anne Boleyn

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