Sudeley castle is unique in that it is the only private castle in which a Queen of England has been buried. The story of Katherine's tomb is well known - how, after the castle fell into ruin during Oliver Cromwell's time, and the church was used to stable the horses belonging to the Roundheads, her tomb was discovered by a group of ladies on a walking tour in 1782, who had heard the former queen was buried there. A slab on top of the tomb had broken, and the coffin was exposed. Katherine's body had been wrapped in lead, and a small portion was removed to view her head and one of her arms. Her body was perfectly intact, her flesh being described as still 'moist and white'. A lock of her hair and one of her teeth were removed, as well as a piece of seer cloth. The body was then re-covered. However, word had got out about the discovery, and the coffin was continually re-opened, so that barely 6 months later, the body had began to seriously decay. When the Dent family took control of the castle in the 19th century, Katherine was given a proper burial with a fine marble effigy on top of the tomb. You can see the hair, tooth and portion of seer cloth on show at Sudeley.
One of the exhibits on show is a piece of lace that was woven by Anne Boleyn for her daughter Elizabeth, which Elizabeth gave to Katherine Parr. You can clearly see Anne's device of the falcon woven into it.
Above, the ruins of Sudeley castle, the church, and the tomb of Katherine Parr.
The cloth woven by Anne Boleyn and given to her daughter Elizabeth.