Victoria Memorial – London

Located at the center of Queen’s Gardens at Buckingham Palace, in London, stands the Victoria Memorial, dedicated to Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901. The Queen’s two senior grandsons, George V and Wilheim II of Germany, dedicated the 25 meter (82 feet) tall memorial in 1911, one decade after her death.
Victoria Memorial
Below the seated queen it reads: “Victoria, Regina Imperatrix” (Victoria, Queen and Emperor). The other three sides feature statues of Charity, the Angel of Justice, and the Angel of Truth. Atop the memorial is a gilded statue of Victory.
Victoria Memorial
A very worthy memorial.

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Arundel Castle – West Sussex, England

The completely restored Arundel Castle, located in Arundel, West Sussex, England, was founded by Roger de Montgomery on 25 December 1067.

The castle’s founder was the first person to hold the Earl of Arundel title, as bestowed by William the Conqueror.

The elegant castle has served as a hereditary home and, for over four centuries, has been in the family of the Duke of Norfolk.

Though not all of the castle may be toured, and photography is not permitted in the interior, this historic building is well worth the time it may take to visit.

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Hever Castle – Childhood Home of Anne Boleyn

The history of Hever Castle, located in the village of Hever, Edenbridge, Kent, England, dates to 1270 and had its beginnings as a country house.

Sir Geoffrey Boleyn, Lord Mayor of London (1457/8), knighted by King Henry VI and who was the great-grandfather of future Queen Anne Boleyn, purchased Hever in 1462 and converted it into a grand manor.

From there the castle passed to her grandfather, Sir William Boleyn, who served as High Sheriff of Kent and who was created a Knight of the Bath by Richard III. In 1505 the castle passed to Anne’s father, Sir Thomas, also a Knight of the Bath.

Though Anne did not spend many years at Hever Castle, it is where she grew as a child, until 1513 when she was sent to the Netherlands to receive her education. Anne became the second wife of Henry VIII and served as Queen from 1533 until Henry had her executed for high treason in 1536. Hever came to be King Henry’s when Sir Thomas passed it to him in 1539 and from there Henry gave it to Anne of Cleves in 1540 as part of their annulment settlement.

The castle changed hands several times and was in serious disrepair when American businessman William Waldorf Astor acquired it in 1903, renovating it for a family residence and who later added a Tudor village, as well as the extensive gardens and a lake.

Hever Castle – which boosts a 16th century feel with Tudor portraits, furniture and tapestries – and its grounds are open to the public, while the estate is run as a conference center.

A trip to Kent, England, must include a visit to this historic castle.

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Rochester Castle – England’s Tallest Keep

The imposing Rochester Castle, a mighty Norman tower-keep of Kentish ragstone standing 113 feet, was built c. 1127 by William of Corbeil, Archbishop of Canterbury. It stands on the east bank of the River Medway.

Rochester is the tallest keep (central tower) in England and has been the commanding presence of the city and river crossing for over nine centuries. The castle and keep take up half of the Roman-built walled city.

From the 12th into the 14th centuries Rochester Castle played an important role in defending against invasion and uprising threats.

After falling into disrepair, King Edward III reconstructed the castle and it was fully functional by 1400. Over the next three centuries it was, once again, neglected and vandalized until the city took command of the property.

Though the castle’s center wooden flooring no longer exists there are passageways and stairs that carry visitors to the top of the keep, offering impressive views in all directions.

The English Heritage now has responsibility for preservation and its doors are open to the public. This castle is a must see when visting the South of England.

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