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23 May 2019Sudeley Castle and Gardens -- Bourton on the Water
07 September 2019Holiday in Bulgaria. 7 — 12 September 2019
03 October 2019Guided Tour of Art at the National Maritime Museum/Queens House and the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College
07 December 2019Westminster Abbey Musical/Historical Tour with the Purcell Club

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Sudeley Castle and Gardens -- Bourton on the Water
Thursday 23 May 2019


Set in the Cotswolds, Sudeley is rich in Tudor history. After the Wars of the Roses, Henry VII granted Sudeley to his uncle, Jasper Tudor, who held it until his death in 1495 when it reverted back to the monarch.  It became one of Henry VIII’s royal residences which he and Anne Boleyn visited and where the King met with Thomas Cromwell to plan the dissolution of the monasteries. On Henry's death, it passed to Edward VI, who granted it to his uncle, Thomas Seymour and his wife Katherine Parr.  They were accompanied to the castle by their ward, Lady Jane Grey. Aged 36, Katherine gave birth to a daughter, Mary, but died seven days later. She is buried in the chapel of St. Mary at Sudeley.  King Charles I found refuge at the castle during the Civil War but, following Cromwell’s orders, it lay neglected for nearly 200 years until it was rescued by wealthy Worcester glove-makers, John and William Dent.  Restoration was continued by their nephew, John Sudeley and his wife Emma. Her dedication resulted in the magnificent castle, beautiful gardens and exhibitions at Sudeley today.  It is now the home of Elizabeth, Lady Ashcombe and her son, daughter and their families.  Apart from the castle and the newly restored exhibitions, there are the award winning gardens, St. Mary's Church where Katherine is buried and a rare breed pheasantry.  

On the way home, we will stop for tea in delightful Bourton-on-the-Water. Straddling the River Windrush, it’s known for its low bridges,  traditional stone houses and tea shops.

Visit organiser: Liz Juniper

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