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Shurland Castle and Leeds Castle, Kent
April 18, 2011
12:33 pm
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BoleynBlue
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I know that Henry and Anne visited here at least once, but there are a lot of rumours that this was also there love nest and that they would arrive seperately by boat. Does anyone know if there is any truth in that or if it was just a rumour?

 

And did Henry ever visit Leeds Castle which is also situated in Kent, as it isnt too far from Hever Castle.

April 19, 2011
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The answer to the Leeds castle question, BoleynBlue, is yes, many times (like myself). Henry (as owner of Leeds castle) made the most (and some would say the most important) changes to Leeds castle, he turned Leeds into a palace from a fort, whilst being careful to retain all the defences of the castle (fearing French invasion). Much of the beauty that is Leeds castle is due to the works commissioned by Henry but, although Henry often visited Leeds, it is thought that only Anne amongst his wives went there also. A casket belonging to Anne is at Leeds. For me Leeds castle is, like Hever, a must see, so if you haven't yet do try and go BoleynBlue, you'll love it! 

April 21, 2011
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Many thanks for the reply Neil, I have been to Leeds Castle once, but I dont remember seeing the casket.

 

Do you know anything about Shurland Castle and whether the rumours are true that this was Henry and Anne's love nest.

April 21, 2011
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BoleynBlue, Henry did pay a state visit to Shurland Castle (Hall) in 1532 accompanied by Anne, as they were not yet married at the time this one visit may have been enough to start rumours of a love nest, but I cannot find any evidence to suggest this was a regular venue for such trysts. After their marriage Shurland Hall was the venue for Henry and Anne's honeymoon, so in that respect it could rightly be classed as a love nest.

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