Thursday, August 1, 2013

UK Trip #30: Hever Castle: George's Ghost Follows Us /Special Royal Locks

In yesterday's blog, George Boleyn gave me some pretty clear and amazing messages about his life. As we walked through the castle, I (Rob) received more sensations from either residual or intelligent ghosts. However, George Boleyn was NOT done communicating with me. In fact, he followed us into other rooms, specifically in the Dining Room and the Morning Room.
   We also encountered an interesting fact about the special locks on doors in a couple of rooms of the house. Remember that this was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, who would become one of Henry VIII's queens. Henry VIII visited this house when he was courting Anne.

Henry VIII
HEVER'S DINING ROOM - The dining room was part of the original castle and it was built by George and Anne Boleyn's father Thomas. It was originally open to roof rafters, and in 1506, Thomas Boleyn added a "Long Gallery" above it. It was where the family would have dined with Henry VIII.

HENRY VIII's UNIQUE LOCKS - We learned that whenever Henry VIII traveled he brought locksmiths, who attached special locks on doors to rooms in other people's homes he visited (for security). Historians know that Henry VIII dined in this room because one of his special gilt locks are still affixed to one of the doors. There were two gilt locks on each of the doors to this dining room, and another in the bedchamber where Henry VIII slept in the house. Can you imagine visiting someone's house and bringing a locksmith to put special locks in the rooms you went into?

Dining room and Clipsham Fireplace. Credit:
GEORGE'S GHOST IN THE DINING ROOM - When we entered the dining room I got a pain in my left elbow. George Boleyn's ghost was not done talking with me. He told me that he was burned as a boy near the fireplace in this room. The fireplace was ornately carved and  took up about one quarter of the wall. It is called a Clipsham stone fireplace.

GEORGE'S GHOST IN THE MORNING ROOM  - This room was known as a "private retiring room" in Tudor times, George Boleyn's ghost followed us in this room and I felt the same burning pain, but this time on the back left side of my neck.

When I think of the pain on the back left side of my neck, coupled with the pain on the elbow in the other room, it was almost as if George was sitting with his back to the fireplace and the heat burned his neck and elbow.

One of the former owners, Henry Waldegrave, carved his initials, "H.W." in the stone around the fireplace. During the reign of Henry VIII's daughter Elizabeth the first, when Catholic Mass was forbidden, the Waldegrave's owned the home and built a secret "priest hole." That's a closet where a priest could hide if needed.


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next