The village of Hever is beautifully situated in Kent and is best known for being the home of 13th century Hever Castle, where Anne Boleyn, the ill-fated wife of King Henry VIII, grew up. Her ambitious father, Thomas Boleyn, had inherited the castle from his father in 1505.
Hever Castle is also linked with Henry’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, who found herself in possession of Hever Castle, when her marriage to the fickle king broke down and she received the castle as a settlement after Henry had their marriage annulled – something that seems to have been one of his hobbies.
Whose castle is it anyhow?
Throughout the next few centuries the castle was rather ill-treated and neglected but help was at hand when millionaire William Waldorf Astor acquired the crumbling castle in 1903 and restored it to its former glory, using it as a family home. In 1983 Hever Castle was bought by Broadland Properties Limited, a company who runs the Hever estate as a conference centre. The castle grounds and Hever Castle itself are open to the general public and represent one of Kent’s top ten tourist attractions thanks to the mazes and gorgeous Italian gardens and lake.
Beware medieval shenanigans
Throughout the year there are numerous events staged at Hever Castle, from archery displays and jousting tournaments to an annual triathlon event. If you attended an archery display and were accidentally shot, your accident solicitor would make an injury claim in Hever against the archer.
If you got lost in the maze and nobody came to your rescue to retrieve you before nightfall, you could possibly make an injury claim in Hever, if you suffered hypothermia and frost bite as a result.
Hever Castle’s gatehouse represents the oldest part of the castle, dating back to 1270 when the original castle was built. It boasts the oldest working original portcullis in England. If a tourist passed under it and the portcullis came crashing down, human error would undoubtedly be the reason for it – after all, it’s been working fine for the past 700 years, so why fall down now? The tourist’s family could certainly make an injury claim in Hever and ask for compensation for this tragedy before demanding the return of their loved one’s entrance fee.
Where can you make an injury claim in Hever?
There may not be a specialist available in the village of Hever so you’d have to call various law firms in Kent to find an accident solicitor.
Instead of ringing round law firms in Kent, why not call Accident Advice Helpline’s freephone numbers on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 and speak to their expert advisor?
The expert dealing with your enquiry can tell you how much your injury claim in Hever is worth, once you have described the circumstances of your accident.
Accident Advice Helpline’s website allows you to find out if you qualify for an injury claim first. Complete a simple 30-second test and a compensation calculator will give you an estimate of how much compensation you might be entitled to for your particular injuries.
Date Published: 26th September 2013