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Hever Castle

By Sezz    
Just trying something different from the usual view of Hever Castle. Taken a couple of weeks ago, the morning looked promising and the sun was shining, however....... well made for a more dramatic scene I think?
Viv if you're looking in .. thanks for lunch Smile x

Hever Castle is an attractive fortified manor house surrounded by a moat. The original moated castle was built in 1270 and consisted of a massive gatehouse and a walled bailey, approached by a wooden drawbridge. In the late 15th century the castle became the home of the Bullen family who built a comfortable Tudor house within the walls. The castle was the childhood home of Anne Bullen (Boleyn), future wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I. After failing to provide Henry with the son he wanted, she was executed on a trumped-up charge of High Treason. Following the death of her father two years later, Henry seized the castle and gave it to Anne of Cleves, his fourth wife. She remained at Hever Castle until her death in 1557, when the castle was bought by the Waldegraves. Sir Edward Waldegrave became the first Baronet of Hever Castle in 1642.

Between 1749 and 1903 the castle was owned by the Meade-Waldos, but by the end of the 19th century the castle was in a state of neglect. In 1903, the wealthy American, William Waldorf, purchased Hever castle and commenced an extensive restoration of the castle, the creation of the lake and gardens and the construction of a Tudor style village to provide more accommodation

Thanks for your time, as always your thoughts/comments are very welcome..
Regards - Sarah J x

Tags: Kent Architecture Hever castle Hever Landscape and travel South east

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lianna 8 13 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 11:10PM
New it was you from the thumbnail!!! A cracking shot sarah x x x x

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Sezz 13 617 15 England
2 Apr 2011 11:16PM
lianna - aw thank you Smile

Sarah x
User_Removed 12 10 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 11:19PM
Super super work Sarah Wink

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2011 11:36PM
cracking detail and reflections sarah a beauty Wink
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
2 Apr 2011 11:45PM
Great textures and details. Love the processing...............Sandy
James_C 8 36 56 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2011 6:46AM
Excellent photograph Sarah, and a most interesting write up.

cassiecat 9 39 46 England
3 Apr 2011 7:28AM
nice bit of drama in the sky works well with the reflection.lesley
3 Apr 2011 7:58AM
A lovely yet dramatic scene indeed Sarah, good work.

John Smile
JJGEE 13 7.1k 18 England
3 Apr 2011 9:04AM
Hey Snap Smile

Great minds think alike, trying to find a different viewpoint for this much photographed castle / daffodils, but I guess yours is even more difficult to get access too Wink

This moody feel is not my "style" but do appreciate and like it when others do Smile

Alvar 11 23 2 France
3 Apr 2011 9:44AM
Great shot and narrative Sarah.
Richsr 10 91 223 England
3 Apr 2011 11:45AM
Excellent details and reflections too Sarah, well worked.
Regards Richard
DanielD 8 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2011 1:01PM
Wonderful image - very dramatic composition - I love the reflection - well done

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2011 1:35PM
Very nice.
andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
3 Apr 2011 1:38PM
Lovely piece of work Sarah!

ChrisOs Plus
13 2 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2011 1:43PM
Good work, and thanks for the history lesson. I wonder if the Waldegrave is an ancestor of William, the MP for Wheresit-on-Trough?
Sezz 13 617 15 England
3 Apr 2011 3:26PM
Thank you all very much for your time and comments Smile
Chris - well I guess he could be!

Sarah x
Lovely image of this wonderful place Sarah - it's been on our must visit list for a few years now !

RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2011 4:49PM
A lovely image showing the 'homely' side of the castle. I see there are some new boats in your portfolio but I'll have to catch up in a week or so!

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
3 Apr 2011 5:20PM
Now, I could live in a place like this! Grin A super capture, Sarah, and a very interesting write-up, too Smile
Trev Smile
3 Apr 2011 5:22PM
pamelajean Plus
12 1.0k 1996 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2011 6:10PM
I like the moody atmosphere, the strong lines and reflections, and the sky isn't bad either!
Dave_Holdham 9 4 1 Wales
3 Apr 2011 6:45PM
Wonderful detail and reflections, well captured
Sezz 13 617 15 England
3 Apr 2011 11:11PM
Thanks everyone, really appreciated Smile

Sarah x
mark1309 11 13 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2011 4:44PM
Hi Sarah, the shot has a very dramatic and moody atmosphere, and a very different view, I've never seen this view before, I like it,

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