The theme for this week’s #TudorTuesdays with Historic Houses is water features.
Hever Castle’s 125 acre estate is home to many different types of water features, some more modern than others.
The Tudor Garden which runs alongside the Yew Maze and bordering the outer moat of the Castle features a paved fountain garden with a profusion of Ballerina shrub roses.
The Italian Garden, built to house former owner William Waldorf Astor’s statuary and sculpture collection was inspired by the Italian Renaissance gardens filled with fountains, statues, grottoes and other water features.
The Pentelic marble was quarried near Athens. The crystals of this marble are somewhat larger than those in the white marble quarried from Carrara near Florence which was used by Michaelangelo in many of his greatest work. Pentelic marble therefore gives a less smooth surface than Carrara marble.
It was carved by William Silver Frith. Frith’s work can also be seen inside the Castle as well as the front of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Edward VII fountain in Whitechapel and at the Victoria Law Courts.
The goal is to navigate the stepping stones and reach the stone grotto in the centre without getting wet – but beware the hidden jets of water and tilting stepping stones that make this a serious challenge.
The Millennium Fountain was created on Sixteen Acre Island in 2000 to mark the new millennium.
Those visitors passing the fountain to enjoy a stroll around Hever Lake will be treated to other water features, including the weir and the waterfall.
The weir was originally built when the lake was constructed during the 1904-1908. The mechanical weir, designed to control the level of the water in the lake, can be raised and lowered as necessary.
Ponds are very much a feature of the landscape in the lake area, often found in corners of fields and many created during the Medieval and Tudor periods when the Weald was the main iron producing region in Britain.
If you enjoyed this item on water features why not discover the previous #TudorTuesdays news items:
• Orchards, topiary and mazes
• Great Halls
• Book and libraries
• Films and TV sets
• Elizabeth I
• Tudor Chapels
• Tudor Windows
• Tudor Tapestries
• Tudor Chimneys
• Tudor Panelling
• Tudor Knot Gardens
• Tudor Childhood
• Tudor Dining Rooms
• Tudor Rose Gardens
• Henry VII
• Henry VIII
• Mary I