Penshurst Place has been owned by the Sidney family since 1552; after passing through the hands of two of Henry IV’s sons, followed by Henry VIII who used it as a hunting lodge. Given to Anne of Cleves as part of her divorce settlement from Henry VIII, it was then briefly in the hands of Sir Ralph Fane and was finally gifted by Henry VIII’s son, Edward VI, to his loyal steward and tutor, Sir William Sidney.
Young Philip Sidney will be the 16th generation of Sidneys to take on the Penshurst Place estate. He shares with us the history of the family and its stewardship of the estate, and how the links between past and present influence the family’s decisions about the future of the business in the 21st century.
Wednesday 6th September 2017
Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG