Mazes – Feature Fridays

Attractions, History

The theme for this week’s #FeatureFridays with Historic Houses is Mazes.

Hever Castle has not one, but two Mazes in its 125 acre grounds.

The Yew Maze was created by former owner William Waldorf Astor in 1906 who along with a number of other wealthy people followed the fashion of creating mazes for their own enjoyment.

Comprising more than 1,000 individual yew trees imported from Holland, it measures 80ft by 80ft (24.4m) and is 6,4000 square feet. The hedges reach 8ft (2.4m) in height and there is almost a quarter of a mile (0.4km) of pathways inside.

It is one of only a few traditionally designed mazes in the country but is currently closed.

The more modern but equally unusual Water Maze is a popular challenge for all ages.

Built in 1997 on Sixteen Acre Island by the current owners, the Guthrie family it is a maze with a difference – try and reach the stone grotto in the centre without getting wet!

The Water Maze consists of a series of concentric stepping stone walkways sitting over water; at intervals the stones tilt when stood on and hidden water jets spring into action to soak the unwary visitor.

If you enjoyed this item on Mazes, then why not discover the previous #FeatureFridays news items:
Secret Passageways
Bedrooms
American Connections
Weapons
Follies
Priest Holes
Orchards

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