Waldegraves continued – 17th and 18th centuries

Edward Waldegrave was succeeded as 2nd Baronet of Hever Castle in 1644 by his eldest son Henry. Henry Waldegrave died in 1658 and was succeeded as 3rd Baronet by his eldest son Charles. He died in 1684 and his son Henry inherited the Hever estate. Henry married Henrietta Fitzjames, the natural daughter of James, Duke of York, and Arabella Churchill.

When the Protestant William and Mary came to the throne the future for the Catholic Waldegraves looked bleak. Henry Waldegrave’s son, James, had learned a valuable lesson. He took the Oath of Supremacy, conformed to the Church of England and took his seat in the House of Lords. It proved to be an advantageous move but the little castle at Hever proved too small to match his growing status and it was sold in 1718 to Sir William Humphreys.

The Castle


Uncover the history of the 14th century Castle once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Anne of Cleves, Sir John Fastolf and William Waldorf Astor.


Uncover more about the 12 different families that have owned Hever Castle from 1383 to the present day. See the stained glass created to commemorate them.


Discover the history of Hever Castle, its owners and inhabitants as you travel through time from its construction in 1383 to the present day.


Head inside the Castle and discover wood panelled rooms, roaring fireplaces and a vast collection of paintings.