The History of Otley Hall: Intriguing Tales of Spectre & Adventure
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The History of Otley Hall: Intriguing Tales of Spectre & Adventure

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.

Tudor Gloucester Cathedral
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Tudor Gloucester Cathedral

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.

The Vineyard at Over, Gloucestershire
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The Vineyard at Over, Gloucestershire

The 1502 Progress fo Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, continued…
Having stayed overnight in Coberley Hall, the royal party was again on the move. As we read in the above quote, their destination was the Abbot of Gloucester’s fine manor house, which stood on a raised plateau west of Gloucester. The house was known as ‘The Vineyard’ because of the ancient vines cultivated on its terraces since at least the thirteenth century…

The Blounts of Kinlet & Their Incredible Tombs
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The Blounts of Kinlet & Their Incredible Tombs

In this episode, I head to the lush green county of Shropshire. Situated in the West Midlands and not far from the Welsh border, Kinlet is a tiny village nestled in the rural countryside. Although it once stood next to the Blount’s country manor house, today, the parish church of St John the Baptist appears to stand in solitary grandeur on top of a hill surrounded by parkland and green pastures.

However, this modest and unassuming medieval church is home to some glorious Tudor tombs belonging to the Blount family. In this episode of The Tudor History & Travel Show, Elizabeth Norton, author and historian, joins me as we explore the church and its connection to the family.