History for kids
Did you know the house was built for a queen?
Who built Ashdown House?
William Craven was one of the richest men in England. He inherited his money from his father, and he also owned lots of land. This included the Ashdown Estate, where he came hunting. He built Ashdown House in 1662.
William gave King Charles lots of money to help him win the English Civil War. But he didn't fight in England, he stayed in Europe. A grateful King made William an Earl. While he was in Europe, he met the King's sister, Elizabeth, who was Queen of Bohemia. She had lost all her lands in a battle and was living in Holland.