Is This Castle Still the Home of Anne Boleyn?
The tragic history of Anne Boleyn has captured most historians to some degree. The second wife of King Henry VIII, Anne played too hard and fast, failed to provide the King a son and was Henry’s first wife to lose her head.
Taken with Anne to her execution was her glorious Book of Hours. With personal inscriptions by both Anne and Henry, the book is sure to contain some of Anne’s energy. She gripped it tightly as she ascended the stairs to her death. It is on display at Anne’s childhood home, Hever Castle. The Book of Hours is only one of many mementos of Henry VIII’s and Anne’s time together on display at Hever and many say more than physical mementos haunt the castle as well…
Anne, herself has made random appearances in her personal chapel and appears on Christmas Eve to retrace the path Henry and she strolled along, from the great oak to the bridge on the River Eden, during their courtship. Was their love so powerful that she revisits this path to remember or is she returning to try to alter her fate?
She is not alone in Hever Castle. Dating from 1270, with additions in the 15th and 16th centuries and a massive restoration and expansion by William Waldorf Astor in the early 20th century, this home has witnessed centuries of daily life, births, deaths and special occasions that have surely left an imprint on it.
A powerful male presence is occasionally seen and, often, felt. Rumors of servants still carrying out their duties abound which may explain why some of the reports of paranormal activity are fairly mild. Slight whispers are heard and objects get moved. Visitors often feel like they are not alone and are being watched. All these activities would have been typical of servants who were expected to carry out their duties while remaining, dutifully, out of sight.
A few areas, within the castle, are reported to have a sinister and foreboding feeling that makes visitors and staff fearful. Is this caused by the strong male already mentioned or is something much darker afoot?
Find out for yourself! Hever Castle is open for tours, offers a myriad of events to participate in and even functions as a bed and breakfast. Offering a full English Breakfast, guest accommodations for 28+ in the Edwardian wings and unrestricted access to the grounds, a stay at Hever allows access to the pristine gardens, after hours. What or who will you find on your evening strolls around the empty grounds of Hever Castle after dark?
Michelle Tebow is the Author of Ghost Hunting: An Easy to Read Beginner’s Guide and the President of Ultimate Paranormal which provides haunted and historic adventures and consultation to small groups and independent travelers. For information you can find us at: www.ultimateparanormal.com.