Thursday, 25 February 2016

Jane Seymour in Nether Stowey

This brightly painted relief sculpture of Jane Seymour, 3rd wife of Henry VIII, can be found in the garden of a house in Castle Street, Nether Stowey.  The house is near the junction of Castle Street with Mount Road.   Jane is at a 90 degree angle to the road and can be seen most clearly from the pavement in the winter when the wisteria around her has lost its leaves.  Her black and white spotted dog stands by her side.

The statue was created in 1970 by Doug Forsey, apparently to fill an empty space where a door had been blocked up. She was made from chicken wire and cement.

Jane Seymour was born in around 1509.  She was a lady-in-waiting to Henry VIII's first two wives, Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn.  In 1534 she attracted the king's attention. They married a few days after Anne Boleyn's execution in 1536.  However Jane died at Hampton Court on 24th October 1537, 12 days after giving birth to the future Edward VI.  Jane had no connection to Nether Stowey.

 Jane Seymour and her dog

 Jane Seymour

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