The castle itself is quite small
|Castle on the left|
|Castle complete with drawbridge and moat!!|
I passed over the moat and into the courtyard
and into the house where photography was permitted, without flash.
|Postilions boots about 1690|
These boots fascinated me as they were very wide but so sensible. The postilion rode one horse of a pair pulling a coach and wore one of these to prevent his leg getting crushed between the two horses. He would be wearing his own boots inside. Sensible idea.
There were samples of 17thC 'stumpwork' needlework -
|The tester finely carved oak bed of Henry VIII made c1540|
|This carving of Henry is over the fireplace|
|Anne's Book of Hours|
made of tiny slivers of wood
|- detail of above|
The next two photos are modern translations of letters between Anne and the King (click to get a close up)
that were being looked after by a Parrot Rescue Centre and were having a day out! I loved them as I have always wanted a parrot since I was quite young but my late husband wouldn't' let me (too expensive to buy) so I kept cockatiels instead!!
Next day we all went to 15th century Godinton House, near Ashford, much quieter than Hever Castle, but still very scorched by the sun. The house was in the Toke family for 400 years but when the final owner, Alan Wyndham Green died in 1996 ownership passed to a Trust that he had set up.
No photography inside this house but we had very knowledgeable guides to take us round, however first we looked round outside
|The North Front|
|This pond was originally a swimming pool|
|The Italian garden and summerhouse|
Two very different houses but both full of history.