Friday, 16 January 2009
Within the weeds
A headstone in a sea of overgrowth at Blickling church. The church is located just yards from from Blickling Hall, one of the most impressive Jacobean mansions in the UK. Blickling is connected to the story of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, as the estate was purchased in 1450 by the Boleyn family. In 1507, Anne Boleyn's family moved to Hever castle in Kent, and it is due to that relocation of the family, combined with problems identifying Anne's exact year of birth, that historians are uncertain whether she was born at Hever or Blickling. The current Blickling hall was built on the ruins of the old Boleyn residence in 1616 during the reign of James I.