Anne of the Thousand Days, 1969
visit the film locations
Penshurst Place, Penshurst (rail: Penshurst). Open from the beginning of April to the beginning of October (tel: 01892. 870307)
A straightforward account of the doomed marriage between Henry VIII (Richard Burton) and Anne Boleyn (Genevieve Bujold), largely filmed on sets at Shepperton Studios, where the major interiors were built (they were later recycled for Hammer’s Countess Dracula).
Real locations include Anne Boleyn’s actual childhood home of Hever Castle, between Sevenoaks and East Grinstead, three miles south of Edenbridge in Kent. The double-moated house is set in 40 acres of garden.
The rare, authentic Tudor garden belongs to Penshurst Place, one of the finest 14th century manor houses in England, in Penshurst village a couple of miles east of Hever Castle, and now home of the Viscount de l’Isle, former Governor General of Australia.
The hunting scenes were filmed in southwest London’s Richmond Park.