Boleyn Gardens, BR4

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Named after the family of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, who held nearby Wickham Court from the 15thCentury. The house was originally built for Sir Henry Heydon (circa 1440 – 1504) who married Anne Boleyn, the daughter of Sir Geoffrey Boleyn, also spelt Bulleyne and Bullen, great-grandfather of Henry VIII’s wife Anne Boleyn. There is no evidence that the future queen lived there, though it is claimed that this is where Henry proposed to her. Peter Leigh, a local historian, suggests another connection: “Henry often hunted in the deer park which included Spring Park Woods, while staying at Addington Manor.”

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