Here we go through Sudeley Castle grounds. The first ruins I encounter are those of the Tithe Barn which was built in the 1400's and which was partly destroyed during the Civil War. (The Parliamentarians or Roundheads vs the Royalists or Cavaliers - the Parliamentarians eventually won.) The Tithe Barn was where peasant farmers stored 1/10th of their crop which was given to the Church.
Now it's a quiet spot for contemplation.
A quiet bench anyone?
Now - off to the castle!
One very beautiful entrance into the courtyard - sheep off in the distance! The sheep were the main source of wealth in this area and the main reason the neighbouring village of Winchcombe became a wealthy market town.
Look, there he is now!
Guess who sat in THIS chair!
Outside to the famous KNOT garden which was based on the pattern of a dress once worn by Queen Elizabeth 1. She was coming for a visit so this maze was created in her honour.
Some of the glorious castle ruins...
This is a "living sculpture" of Queen Elizabeth 1 outside in her Presence Chamber where she would meet with courtiers and local dignitaries. As it develops trailing flowers will be trained to flow down the "skirt" of her dress.
Her Presence Chamber.
The very beautiful St. Mary's Chapel where Henry VIII's last wife is buried. Catherine Parr was the only wife of Henry VIII's to outlive him. I guess she was very fortunate! As history goes she took very good care of Henry, more like a mother than a wife.