DiCamillo Companion
England

Sudeley Castle

  • Earlier Houses: There was 12th century castle on the site of the current house.

    House & Family History: Sudeley Castle has a royal history spanning 1,000 years. The early Sudeley was owned by King Ethelred the Unready. The Castle was later the home of Catherine Parr following her marriage to Sir Thomas Seymour; she later used Sudeley as her palace when she became Queen Catherine, the 6th wife of King Henry VIII (she is buried in the Castle church). Notable visitors to Sudeley have included King Henry VIII, Ann Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey, Elizabeth I, and King Charles I. Charles I's nephew, Prince Rupert of the Rhine, used the House as his headquarters in the Civil War; during the ensuing fight Cromwell's troops destroyed Sudeley and the House lay abandoned and derelict for 200 years. King George III was one of many who visited Sudeley in the 18th century, attracted to its romantic, ruinous situation. In 1837 Sudeley was purchased by John and William Dent, who made their fortune with the Worcestershire glove-making company of the same name. They began an ambitious restoration program that was continued by their nephew, John Coucher Dent, who inherited the Castle in 1855. Most of the interiors were outfitted with pieces purchased at the Strawberry Hill sale, when the furnishings from Horace Walpole's house were sold.

    Collections: Sudeley has an outstanding paintings collection, including pictures by Turner, Van Dyck, and Rubens. The House also contains a good collection of Civil War memorabilia. Nicolas Poussin's "Triumph of Pan" was sold to the National Gallery in 1982-83. John Constable's "The Lock," dated 1824, was sold to the Thyssen Foundation, Lugano, Switzerland, on January of 1991 for £10,927,000. Poussin's "Landscape with a Calm," 1650-51, considered one of the artist's purest landscapes, was sold in 1997 to the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

    Comments: Sudeley is considered one of England's greatest historic houses.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The Castle is set among eight gardens and won the HHA/Christie's Garden of the Year award in 1996.

    Chapel & Church: St. Mary's Church, on the grounds of the Castle, was ruined during the Civil War and restored between 1855 and 1863 by the Dent family. Queen Catherine Parr (the sixth, and last, wife of Henry VIII) is entombed in the Church, the only English queen to be buried on private land.

  • Architect: George Gilbert Scott

    Date: 1858
    Designed: Reconstructed House

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  • J.B. Burke: Vol. I, p. 25, 1852.

    Country Life: LXXXVIII, 454, 500, 1940.

  • Title: J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection, The
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 2002
    Reference: pg. 127
    Publisher: Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Trust
    ISBN: 0892366648
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Nicolas Poussin
    Author: M├®rot, Alain
    Year Published: 1990
    Reference: pg. 162
    Publisher: New York: Abbeville Press
    ISBN: 1558581206
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
    Author: Sayer, Michael
    Year Published: 1993
    Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
    ISBN: 0859551970
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • "The Pallisers" (1974 - BBC TV mini series, as the Matching estate). "Martin Chuzzlewit" (1994 - BBC TV mini series, as Martin Chuzzlewit's library at Temple). "Emma" (1996 - TV mini series, as Donwell Abbey exteriors). "Crisis at the Castle" (2007 - BBC TV documentary, episode 1). "Father Brown" (2013 - TV series, as Kalon's estate in the episode "The Eye of Apollo"). "The White Princess" (2017 - TV mini series, as the queen's garden).
  • Seat of: Dent-Brocklehurst family

    Past Seat of: King Ethelred the Unready, 11th century. Queen Catherine Parr, 16th century. Dent family, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01242-602-308

    Fax: 01242-602-959

    Email: enquiries@sudeley.org.uk

    Website: http://www.sudeleycastle.co.uk

    Awards: HHA/Christie's Garden of the Year Award 1996.

    Historic Houses Member: Yes