Back in July myself and the boy drove down to Kent to Anne Boleyn's childhood home. The castle/stately home first came to my attentions whilst watching The Tudors back in 2009, and since then i've always wanted to go.
The grounds are beautiful, and the gardens are very Roman-esque - very peaceful. I can understand why this site receives hundreds of visitors everyday!
The estate began life as a country house, built by the "Bullen" (Boleyn) family in the late 13th century, and wasn't converted into a manor house till around 1462.
Thomas Boleyn, Anne Boleyn's father, eventually inherited the manor, and it is possible that Anne was actually born there (her birth date remains unknown).
Upon Thomas's death in 1539 (Anne was already dead by then - 19th May 1536), the estate fell into Henry VIII's hands and he bestowed it upon Anne of Cleves after their marriage was declared null and void.
What a pleasant fellow.
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Photography was not permitted inside the manor itself, but I managed to get a couple of pictures of the gatehouse.
All in all a good, interesting trip out, and I would definitely recommend a visit.
blouse - topshop via ebay (can't recall the price!)
skirt - topshop (£20, 5 years ago)
cardigan - topshop (£38, 3 years ago)