For two centuries the ruins of Sudeley Castle lay neglected and left to the ravages of the weather, its stones plundered by local builders. The title and estates changed hands many times and what little remained of the castle was occupied by the tenants of the surrounding estate and was also at one time an inn, the Castle Arms.
Katherine Parr’s tomb was discovered in the ruined Chapel and her coffin opened for the first time.
George III during his stay in Cheltenham visited Sudeley Castle tripped and fell down the staircase of the Octagon Tower only saved from serious injury by Mrs Cox the housekeeper who broke his fall.
Lord Rivers of Stratfield Saye sold the castle to the Marquis of Buckingham, afterwards Duke of Buckingham and Chandos.
Katherine Parr’s coffin having been opened and plundered on several more occasions was removed from its open grave to the stone vault of the Chandos family.