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Astor legacy exhibition at Hever Castle

Date Posted: 10/01/2013

2013 marks 110 years since American multi-millionaire, William Waldorf Astor, bought Hever Castle in Kent. To celebrate the anniversary a new permanent exhibition, opening on 16th February, looks at the legacy of the Astor years.

The interactive exhibition includes letters and photographs, everyday objects such as old-fashioned telephones and radios which can be used to listen to interviews with former ‘below stairs’ staff, and video, so that visitors can watch the Astor family’s archive of home movies.

About William Waldorf Astor

Multi-millionaire William Waldorf Astor moved from America to England in 1891. He then purchased Hever Castle in 1903 and employed skilled craftsmen to restore it to its former glory, adding the Tudor-style village to accommodate visiting family, guests and domestic staff.

The gardens were created to showcase Astor’s collection of ancient Greek and Roman statuary, acquired while he was American Ambassador to Italy.

William Waldorf Astor brought all the comforts of Edwardian life to Hever Castle. He was among the first grand country house owners to install bathrooms with modern plumbing, electricity and central heating.

Private guided tours of the castle for groups are available before it opens to the public. For group travel organisers who prefer to explore the castle independently with their party, there are audio tours in English, French and German.

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