Winchcombe, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Winchcombe was the chief city of Mercia under King Offa in Anglo Saxon times
8th June 2016 Photos by Hetty
We parked at Sudeley Castle and went for a walk, later we looked around the castle and gardens.
Sudeley castle’s church
Looking back at the castle
Pigs and horses in the same field
St Kenelm’s well – a place of pilgrimage since the 9th century. The original chapel was built in the 1500s, but it was rebuilt in the 1800s
You can read about the legend of St Kenelm here
We saw game birds and wheat
Back at Sudeley Castle, this was a huge 15th century Tithe Barn
The oldest part of the present castle is the 15th century Dungeon Tower, but there was a manor and estate before 1066, and a fortified manor house in the 12th century.
The castle has been owned by Richard III, Henry VII, Jasper Tudor, Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Thomas Seymour (brother of Queen Jane Seymour – Henry VIII’s 3rd wife). Henry VIII and 2nd wife Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth I have stayed there.
Replica of a mosaic found in the woods nearby
During the Civil War the castle was occupied by Royalists and Parliamentarians at different times, and was left as a ruin after the war ended in 1651
This was the banqueting hall
This was the original entrance door
A model of the castle as it used to be
The castle has its own church – St Mary’s. It was built in 1460, to replace a Norman church (built about 1070), but it was ruined in the civil war and restored in 1855
The marble font, wooden pews and screen, and the stained glass windows are Victorian
Queen Katherine Parr was Henry VIII’s last wife and outlived him. She then married Thomas Seymour (her 4th husband) and lived at Sudeley Castle for a short time, but died shortly after childbirth. She was buried here in 1548, but her memorial was destroyed in the Civil War. This memorial was made in the late 1800s. She is the only English queen to be buried on private land.
There are rare breeds of pheasants
Part of the original moat