Sudeley is steeped in history, but I was particularly interested in the period from 1400 onwards as at this time it passed into the hands of Edward IV. He gave it to his brother Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who owned it for nine years and used it as his base for the Battle of Tewkesbury. Richard then exchanged the castle for Richmond Castle in Yorkshire.
|Entry is through the ruins of the Tithe Barn|
|The Echiums were brilliant|
|This must have been magnificent with all those windows|
Thomas Seymour had been courting Katherine Parr, before she became Henry VIII's sixth and final wife and he took up with her again and married her within six months of Henry's death. Very quick as the royal court was still in mourning!! She moved to Sudeley with her full royal retinue of over 150 people and Lady Jane Grey, a cousin of Edward VI. Unfortunately she died giving birth to a daughter and was buried at Sudeley Castle with Lady Jane Grey as the chief mourner. Her husband left before the funeral as he considered his wife a failure - no son to inherit and no use now as an ex Queen!! What a charmer!!!! As Katherine was her step-mother, Princess Elizabeth stayed at Sudeley and got to know Thomas, who when his wife died rushed off to press his suite with her, but Elizabeth spurned him.
Katherine is buried in the chapel -
|The Queens' garden - Katherine Parr, Elizabeth I and Lady Jane Grey|
Chapel of St Mary's in the background.
|Found on the top of the original coffin|
|This is the Victorian tomb of Queen Katherine with the coffin inside it.|
|I loved this table organ|
Finally I looked round the gardens and loved this piece of topiary in the making!
|Emma Dent sitting in her scented garden with dog at her feet.|