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Anne of Cleves’s 500th Birthday Celebrations in Lewes

You are invited to celebrate Anne of Cleves’s 500th birthday at her house in Lewes. The party on Sunday 27th September is to celebrate her birthday on 22nd September 1515. You’ll get the opportunity to taste Tudor food, play traditional games such as Fox and Geese, quoits and other party games, have a go at period crafts, dress up in traditional costumes all to period music played on traditional instruments.

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Discover how the Tudors lived, worked and relaxed at home in this wonderful example of a late medieval timber framed Wealden hall-house. The earliest parts date from the late 1400s, and there were further additions up until the 17th century.

The pretty gardens are inspired by Tudor planting schemes and contain traditional plants including a medlar tree. The café and Tudor tea garden have a separate access to the museum which allows non visitors to come and enjoy a drink and sandwich or piece of cake in the setting of this beautiful former home.

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The house also contains the Museum of Lewes History and the Wealden Iron Gallery which illustrates this local Tudor industry.

The house and gardens formed part of Anne’s favourable annulment settlement from Henry VIII in 1540, making her one of the wealthiest women in the country. Before the house was given to Anne it had briefly belonged to Thomas Cromwell who had helped to negotiate the failed marriage to Anne, shortly after he fell from the King’s favour and was beheaded in July 1540 on the day Henry married Catherine Howard.

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The party starts at 11am, is included in the standard admission fee and all the family are invited. So come join the party, see the website for more details and timings www.sussexpast.co.uk or telephone 01273 474610.

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