Musical instruments – Feature Friday

August 28 2020 | Castle History

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

Hever Castle has a musical past.

Musical instruments in the past include a pipe organ in the Inner Hall (owned by the Astor family) until it was taken out during the floods of the 1960s.

The Astors also had a grand piano in the Drawing Room – a room used for entertaining prime ministers and many well-known people. Queen Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and George Bernard Shaw were all among the Astor’s guests.

Current owners The Guthrie family also have their own piano in the Drawing Room which they like to play when they visit.

William Waldorf Astor had a minstrel’s gallery added to the Dining Room when he bought Hever Castle at the turn of the 20th century. In Tudor times minstrel’s galleries were balconies designed to allow musicians to perform.

Henry VIII, who was said to be courted Anne Boleyn at Hever Castle, was a big fan of music.

Young visitors to Hever Castle can try out musical instruments as part of the Tudor Towers adventure playground.

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