21 August 1535 – King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn Visit Acton Court

| August 21, 2013

21 August 1535 – King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn Visit Acton Court

On this day in history, 21st August 1535, King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn visited Nicholas Poyntz at his home, Acton Court, in South Gloucestershire, as part of their summer progress to the south-west of England. The progress also included a stay with the Walsh Family at Little Sobdury Manor. You can read more about […]

30 June 1541 – Henry VIII and Catherine Howard Head North on Progress

| June 30, 2013

30 June 1541 – Henry VIII and Catherine Howard Head North on Progress

On the 30th June 1541, Henry VIII and his fifth wife, Queen Catherine Howard, set off from London on their royal progress to the North, aiming to return to Hampton Court Palace by “All Hallowtide”. Not only would this progress allow them to be out of London in the disease ridden summer months, but it […]

30 June 1541 – The Fateful Royal Progress to the North

| June 30, 2012

30 June 1541 – The Fateful Royal Progress to the North

On the 30th June 1541, Henry VIII and Catherine Howard, his fifth wife, set off from London on their royal progress to the North. Royal progresses allowed the monarch to escape London in the summer months when disease was rife and it was also good PR, but this progress also had two other aims: the […]

Sudeley Castle

| September 13, 2011

Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle, situated in the Cotswolds, near Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, is a must-see for Tudor history enthusiasts with its beautiful gardens, its history, which spans over a thousand years; its 16th century west wing and its church, which is the resting place of Catherine Parr, sixth wife of King Henry VIII. Sudeley Castle was Crown property […]

23 August 1535 – Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII Visit Little Sodbury Manor

| August 23, 2011

23 August 1535 – Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII Visit Little Sodbury Manor

On this day in history, 23rd August 1535, following their visit to Nicholas Poyntz’s home, Acton Court, Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII visited the Walsh family at Little Sodbury Manor in the village of Little Sodbury, South Gloucestershire. As Nasim Tadghighi explained in her article on Acton Court – see Acton Court, Henry VIII and […]

21 August 1535 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Visit Acton Court

| August 21, 2011

21 August 1535 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Visit Acton Court

On this day in history, 21st August 1535, King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn visited Nicholas Poyntz at his home, Acton Court, in South Gloucestershire. This summer progress, as well as getting the royal couple out of smelly London with its risk of Plague, was a chance for the couple to promote the Reformation and […]

30 June 1541 Henry VIII and Catherine Howard Set off on Progress

| June 30, 2011

30 June 1541 Henry VIII and Catherine Howard Set off on Progress

On this day in history, Henry VIII and his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, set off on their royal progress to the North, the aim being to meet Henry’s nephew, King James V of Scotland, at York in September and also “to emphasise the extent of his defeat of the Pilgrims [from the Pilgrimage of Grace] […]

Save Acton Court!

| March 14, 2011

Save Acton Court!

At the end of Nasim’s article on David Starkey’s talk about Acton Court and Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s visit there in 1535, I wrote about how Acton Court is at risk due to heavy traffic using the road which runs just three feet away from the property and its gates, but I wanted to […]