|Tom walking up to the castle|
|Gate looking from the castle to fields with sheep|
GETTING THERE -When we were about 20 miles from the castle, our GPS unit went bonkers again and we got lost in Cheltenham. We pulled over and Tom asked a UPS driver who said we were quite lost. The town of Cheltenham has 2 lane roads, dropping to one lane, populated, and full of buildings, cars and people. We finally got to the castle, but once again, it was sheer terror driving there!
|This was built on a Roman settlement|
SUDELEY CASTLE'S HISTORY - According to www.sudeleycastle.co.uk/history, Sudeley was the former home of Queen Catherine Parr, the last surviving wife of King Henry VIII - which is why we went there. Tom is an amateur historian of sorts on Tudor History.
SITE OF A ROMAN SETTLEMENT -
|a recreation of Roman tiled flooring|
|another Roman tile design|
|Recreation of a roman tiled floor|
CHANGING OWNERSHIP -
Sudeley changed hands between several times and by 1469, Sudeley Castle became Royal property (the owner had to sell it to King Edward IV, who in turn granted it to his brother, Richard Duke of Gloucester.
RICHARD III - The "PARKING LOT KING" - Remember I mentioned in earlier blogs that while we were on vacation in the U.K. we learned that King Richard III's bones were discovered under a parking lot? (as Anne Marie from ATP vacations sang, '"nah, nah, nah, put up a parking lot!") Well, Richard III became owner of Sudeley Castle in 1483, but when he died in battle in 1485 the ownership went to Henry VIII.
|Banqueting House ruins|
WHEN DID KATHERINE PARR MOVE IN? - When Henry VIII died in 1547, his son, King Edward VI, gave Sudeley Castle to his Uncle, Sir Thomas Seymour, appointing him Lord of Sudeley and later Lord High Admiral of England. Seymour married Henry VIII’s 6th wife and widow, Katherine Parr.
|The destroyed Banqueting House|
BANQUETING HOUSE RUINS - A Banqueting House was used not only for banqueting but royal receptions, and ceremonies. The Banqueting house was behind the castle and only two walls stood (and only partially). All of the windows were gone, and the area was cordoned off.
|Rob and Tom posing near the Banqueting House|