Hever, Kent

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Hever Church.JPG
St Peter's Hever, the parish church
Hever is located in Kent
 Hever shown within Kent
Population 1,136 (2001)
OS grid reference TQ4744
Civil parish Hever
District Sevenoaks
Shire county Kent
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HEVER
Postcode district TN8
Dialling code 01732
Police Kent
Fire Kent
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Tonbridge and Malling
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Coordinates: 51°10′59″N 0°06′36″E / 51.183°N 0.110°E / 51.183; 0.110

This article is about Hever, Kent. For Hever, Belgium, see Hever, Belgium.

Hever is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District of Kent, England. The parish is located on the River Eden, a tributary of the River Medway, east of Edenbridge. It is 5 miles (8 km) by 1-mile (1.6 km) in extent, and 3,062 acres (12.39 km2) in area. The parish includes the villages of Four Elms, Hever itself, and Markbeech, and has a population of 1,136.[1]

The place-name 'Hever' is first attested in a Saxon charter of 814, where it appears as 'Heanyfre'; the name means 'high edge'.[2]

Hever contains Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII.

There are three parish churches, one at each village. All are one united benefice. In the parish church of St Peter is the tomb of Thomas Boleyn, the father of Anne Boleyn and grandfather of Queen Elizabeth I.


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish headcounts : Sevenoaks Retrieved 15 November 2009
  2. ^ Eilert Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.237.

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