In this guide, we travel to Kent on a packed six-day itinerary from east to west, visiting some of the best Tudor places the county has to offer.
In this episode, I head to the county of Derbyshire to visit Hardwick Hall. One of the best-known and most magnificent Prodigy Houses in England, Hardwick Hall was built by Bess of Hardwick. A remarkable figure in the sixteenth century, we discover more about Bess and the story of this Tudor treasure trove.
I’m joined by Liz Wearing, Property Curator at Hardwick Hall as we explore this jewel of the late Elizabethan age.
Name and Title: Katherine Parr (she signed her letters Kateryn Parr), Queen of England.
Born: Blackfriars, London, c.1512.
Died: 5 September 1548.
Buried: Sudeley Castle Chapel, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire.
In this blog we explore the life, death and burial of Queen Katherine Parr…
Name and Titles: Thomas White, Mayor of Tenby
Died: 8 May 1483
Buried: St Mary’s Church, Tenby, Pembrokeshire.
In this blog we explore the life, death and burial of Thomas White
In this episode, I head to the county of Suffolk to visit Otley Hall. A house of enormous historical significance, the part-timber, part-brick building is a traditional Tudor design and retains many original features.
I’m joined by Louisa Flavell, who moved to Otley Hall in 2020 and is committed to bringing this stunning Tudor building back to its former glory.
Gloucester Cathedral witnessed the coronation of the young Henry III in 1216 and a visit from Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in 1535. The current cathedral, as we know it today, was predominantly built between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries. It is known for its glorious Gothic architecture, tombs and the finest cloisters in the country.
The cathedral is also famous for its stunning medieval stained glass windows.
In this episode, I head to the south coast of England and the Isle of Wight.
I’m joined by Dominic Fontana, retired professor from Southampton University and expert in The Battle of the Solent. We explore both the French and English perspectives of this naval battle between Henry VIII and Francis I of France.
Name and Titles: Sir Rhys ap Thomas KG
Born: 1449, Carmarthenshire
Buried: Greyfriars, Carmarthen, later moved at the Dissolution to St Peter’s Church, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire.
In this blog we explore the life, death and burial of Rhys ap Thomas, hero of the Battle of Bosworth.
Find out about the Tomb of Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond and father to King Henry VII
In this episode, I head to the county of Leicestershire in the East Midlands.
I’m joined by Peter Liddle, Archaeologist and expert on Launde Abbey. We tour this incredible building and discover its connections to the Cromwell family.