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Digging Up Britain's Past

  • Season 2
  • 6 episodes
  • Documentary
  • History
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Episode 6: Elizabeth I

Summary

In 1592, Elizabeth I visited Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds for a three-day party commemorating the nation's victory over the Spanish Armada. Here, Raksha Dave, Alex Langlands and assorted volunteers and archaeologists hunt for a lost garden planted as part of the celebrations, while there is also a visit to Kenilworth Castle to investigate an Elizabethan garden still in full bloom today. Plus, a look at how the garden's Tudor owner, Robert Dudley transformed his estate to win favour with his Queen.
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If you were a Tudor landowner, a visit from royalty was dreaded as much as it was anticipated. Just imagine how Lord Chandos, the owner of Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds, must have felt when, in 1592, he learnt that Elizabeth I was coming to stay for a three-day party to celebrate her victory over the Spanish Armada. A hog roast just wouldn’t be enough; it was decided to create a new garden for her visit, complete with fountain and banqueting house.

Alex Langlands joins a team of archaeologists trying to find it, while Raksha Dave travels to Kenilworth Castle to discover the true price of hosting a monarch (and their court). And Langlands is impressed by another former resident of Sudeley, Henry VIII’s widow, Catherine Parr.

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  • Episode 6

    Elizabeth I

    Summary

    In 1592, Elizabeth I visited Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds for a three-day party commemorating the nation's victory over the Spanish Armada. Here, Raksha Dave, Alex Langlands and assorted volunteers and archaeologists hunt for a lost garden planted as part of the celebrations, while there is also a visit to Kenilworth Castle to investigate an Elizabethan garden still in full bloom today. Plus, a look at how the garden's Tudor owner, Robert Dudley transformed his estate to win favour with his Queen.
    Recommended

    Review

    If you were a Tudor landowner, a visit from royalty was dreaded as much as it was anticipated. Just imagine how Lord Chandos, the owner of Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds, must have felt when, in 1592, he learnt that Elizabeth I was coming to stay for a three-day party to celebrate her victory over the Spanish Armada. A hog roast just wouldn’t be enough; it was decided to create a new garden for her visit, complete with fountain and banqueting house.

    Alex Langlands joins a team of archaeologists trying to find it, while Raksha Dave travels to Kenilworth Castle to discover the true price of hosting a monarch (and their court). And Langlands is impressed by another former resident of Sudeley, Henry VIII’s widow, Catherine Parr.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterAlex Langlands
    PresenterRaksha Dave

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerJeff Anderson
    Series producerNick Gillam-Smith
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