Names on the buses

781 Anne of Cleves

She was the fourth wife of Henry VIII and was only with the much married monarch for a few months before they parted. Born at Düsseldorf in 1515, she was made a match for Henry through his Chancellor, Thomas Cromwell who felt politically and socially they would be well suited. The artist Holbein was sent to paint a portrait of her which is currently displayed at The Louvre in Paris. But when they met, the King took an immediately dislike to her and said to Cromwell: "I like her not." She was unsophisticated and did not rise from her chair at a place in Rochester when he entered the room because she did not realise who he was. Henry asked Cromwell to avoid the marriage but this was not possible without offending the Germans. They were marred in January 1540 at Greenwich by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. Less than six months later, the marriage was annulled and she received a generous settlement. The main property was Hever Castle, just over the East Sussex border in Kent, but she also received the building now known as Anne of Cleves House in Lewes. Although she never lived there, the house has strong associations with her and is open to the public. She is also believed to have received a second Anne of Cleves House in Ditchling, although this property is now known as Wings Place. Anne was made a princess of England and remained in this country until she died in 1557. She outlived Henry after seeing him marry twice more. She was reputed to have been nicknamed The Flanders Mare because of her ugliness but the Holbein portrait gives the lie to that.

781 Scania Cityzen - carried name from April 2008.  Bus was sold in January 2013.