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Just a mile from Winchcombe are the ruins of Hailes Abbey. At one time Hailes was one of the most popular pilgrimage centres in Britain, as the abbey claimed to possess a phial of Christ's blood. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries destroyed the Abbey, the "blood" was revealed to be a mixture of saffron and honey. Hailes Abbey today is a peaceful sight, with ruined arches lying in a quiet meadow.
Most people come to Winchcombe to visit Sudeley Castle. The castle, which looks down on the village, was the final home of Queen Catherine Parr after the death of Henry VIII.
She is buried in the chapel, and the castle has displays of objects associated with her, including her prayer book, and a letter she wrote accepting Thomas Seymour's marriage proposal. The castle gardens are quite lovely, and well worth a visit.
Address: Winchcombe, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
Attraction Type: Town
OS: SP025 283
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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