You can now explore even more of Sudeley Castle & Gardens as a number of the family’s private rooms have been opened to the public, some of which have never been seen before.
This includes the stunning red and gold Tudor Document Room, which contains Queen Katherine Parr’s hand-written books and love letter to Sir Thomas Seymour accepting his proposal of marriage; the light and feminine Sewing Room which has antique textiles on display as well as providing one of the best views of the ruins; and the richly panelled Library where you can view Charles I’s dispatch box, the exquisite 16th Century Sheldon Tapestry, and the Portrait of Rubens by Van Dyck.
In addition, visitors can also explore the Morning Room, the Civil War themed Chandos bedroom featuring Charles I’s campaign bed, and the Major’s Dressing Room and bathrooms.
These rooms have been uniquely decorated by Elizabeth, Lady Ashcombe and form part of an extended and revamped route around the castle, which includes the highly anticipated ‘20 Treasures of Sudeley’ – a collection of unique artifacts and works of art of great historical importance.
Book of the Month
Lady Ashcombe is looking forward to showing some of the wonderful books in the Sudeley Castle collection. A variety of the books, some of which are over 300 years old, will be selected from the collection and will be displayed in the library. The books will be changed on a regular basis.
For this month we follow an archaeological theme. On the 13th and 14th October DigVentures, a team of archaeologists, will be excavating a field near the Queen’s garden, where a geophysical survey has indicated the remains of a long-lost Tudor garden, probably the most important archaeological discovery in the area since Victorian times.
To link with this we are exhibiting some of the Victorian reports on past excavations. Emma Dent commissioned research into the Roman villas at Spoonley Wood and at Wadfield (both on the original Sudeley estate) and the monastery church at Winchcombe.
Prof. Middleton’s report on the villa at Spoonley Wood was printed in 1891. He declares the villa to be typically British, far more suited to the cold damp climate here than those villas found in Rome. Although not now within the estate it is but a short walk to the villa – please take a leaflet if you would like to explore further.
An initial discovery of a villa at Wadfield had been made in 1863 and “a Roman villa was discovered…in a perfect state of preservation.” E.P. Loftus Brock was invited by Emma Dent to superintend the exploration of both Wadfield and the monastery church. His monastery pamphlet from 1893 is shown here along with his 1895 report on Wadfield and a booklet of his working notes. Please feel free to examine the booklets for yourself.
Join us on the 13th and 14th October to follow DigVentures’ progress as they investigate the Hop Field at the back of the Castle. There will also be a highlight on archaeology throughout the Castle exhibition rooms, family rooms and grounds, as well as a finds table where you will be able to handle artefacts from previous excavations on the estate – including Roman pottery and medieval tiles.
Children’s Halloween Wednesday on the 24th October will also be archaeologically themed, with medieval bones to analyse, bone-themed arts and crafts and an appearance from Denzel the Dinosaur.
Rooms may be closed for Private Functions. Known closures are listed below, or please call the Visitor Centre on 01242 604244 before travelling.