Scrope – 14th and 15th centuries

The Scrope family were from the north of England, owning land in both Yorkshire and Northumberland. Sir Stephen Scrope was the third son of Richard II’s minister, Lord Richard Scrope, and owned Hever Castle from 1399 to 1408. Richard II appointed him Lord Justice of Ireland and Henry IV made him Governor of Roxburgh Castle in 1400.

Sir Stephen’s older brother, William, was given the title of ‘King of the Isle of Man’ after their father purchased it for him for £10,000 in 1392. In 1397 Thomas de Beauchamp, the Earl of Warwick, was charged with treason and sentenced to banishment to the Isle of Man. Sir Stephen and his brother were responsible for taking the Earl of Warwick to the island and to “safely keep” the Earl on the Isle of Man “without departing therefrom”. Sir Stephen was later charged with imprisoning the Earl of Warwick on the Isle of Man after Richard II’s death in 1400.

Sir Stephen travelled to Ireland in 1402 as Lord Deputy to Thomas of Lancaster, the third son of Henry IV. When Sir Stephen died in Ireland in 1408 he left a teenage son, also named Stephen. His widow, the wealthy heiress Millicent Tiptoft, then married Sir John Fastolf.


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The Castle


The original medieval defensive castle with its gatehouse and walled bailey was built in 1270. In the 15th and 16th centuries the Bolyens added the Tudor dwelling within the walls. The Castle was then owned by a number of families before William Waldorf Astor invested time, money and imagination in restoring the Castle, building the ’Tudor Village’ and creating the gardens and lake.


The coats of arms in the stained glass in the Long Gallery of the Castle commemorate the different residents of Hever Castle since it was built including: Anne of Cleves, William de Hever, Anne Boleyn and Sir John Fastolf. Learn more about the symbolism behind these designs.


Discover the history of Hever Castle, its owners and inhabitants as you travel through time from its construction in 1270 to the present day. These easy-to-use timelines enable you to learn more about key events and how the past owners have shaped the estate we see today.

Tours & Trails

Bring 700 years of Hever Castle history to life with one of the following: an audio guide, a private guided tour or purchase a guide book from the Hever Shop when you visit. Enjoyable trails to follow with young visitors to the castle can also be downloaded.