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. Charles was to be the last of the Waldegraves to use Hever as a refuge from Catholic persecution. 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 1715 to Sir William Humphreys.


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.