Anne of Cleves House Museum

East Sussex

When Henry VIII divorced Anne of Cleves in 1541, he gave her this timber-framed house as part of her divorce settlement, although she never moved in. The creak-and-groan floors and spider’s web wooden roof today sandwich an idiosyncratic folk museum, with everything from a witch’s effigy complete with pins to a rack of Tudor costumes to try on.

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