You can now explore even more of Sudeley Castle & Gardens as a number of the family’s private rooms have been opened to the public, some of which have never been seen before.
This includes the stunning red and gold Tudor Document Room, which contains Queen Katherine Parr’s hand-written books and love letter to Sir Thomas Seymour accepting his proposal of marriage; the light and feminine Sewing Room which has antique textiles on display as well as providing one of the best views of the ruins; and the richly panelled Library where you can view Charles I’s dispatch box, the exquisite 16th Century Sheldon Tapestry, and the Portrait of Rubens by Van Dyck.
In addition, visitors can also explore the Morning Room, the Civil War themed Chandos bedroom featuring Charles I’s campaign bed, and the Major’s Dressing Room and bathrooms.
These rooms have been uniquely decorated by Elizabeth, Lady Ashcombe and form part of an extended and revamped route around the castle, which includes the highly anticipated ‘20 Treasures of Sudeley’ – a collection of unique artifacts and works of art of great historical importance.
New for 2017: Book of the Month
Lady Ashcombe is looking forward to showing some of the wonderful books in the Sudeley Castle collection. A variety of the books, some of which are over 300 years old, will be selected from the collection and will be displayed in the library. The books will be changed on a regular basis.
We have two books on display this month.
Firstly we have The Book of Common Prayer that was used in the Chapel at Sudeley. This copy was printed in 1831 in the reign of William IV and is notable for the fact that when Victoria took the throne all references to the King in “A Prayer for The King’s majesty” were replaced laboriously in pen with words pertaining to the Queen: – her, she, the Lady etc.
The second book is a First Edition translation of the Koran into English produced by George Sale in 1734 and dedicated to John, Lord Carteret, a member of the Privy Council. Sale spent 25 years in Arabia, thus acquiring his knowledge of the language and customs. Although he did not place Islam on an equal level with Christianity he was acknowledged as having an in-depth knowledge of Islam and the customs of the region.
This might seem an unusual book to be found in the Dent library, with Emma being a very devout Christian. Her diary is full of comments about sermons that she has heard and read, her beliefs are frequently expressed and she is heavily involved with people of religion. At the same time she is widely travelled, has a fascination with the Middle East and wants to know more, not being worried about challenging her beliefs. Perhaps not such an unusual book after all!
Rooms may be closed for Private Functions. Known closures are listed below, or please call the Visitor Centre on 01242 604244 before travelling.
2018 Known Closures of Library & Morning Room (subject to change):
7 April – until 11am
16 June – 1:30-4pm
23 June – until 11am
8 August – until 11am
18 August – until 11am
1 September – TBC
8 September – TBC
15 September – until 12pm
3 November – all day
23-26 November – all day
1 December – from 1pm