Tudor links in the South West

View of King Charles Room at Cotehele, Cornwall, showing bed and tapestries

The home of Sir Francis Drake, a fortified manor house and place with strong royal connections - our places in the South West have fascinating Tudor stories to uncover.

Cotehele, Cornwall

Richard Edgcumbe, the first of three generations that created Tudor Cotehele, rebelled against Richard III.
 
He escaped capture by the King’s men and went on to fight with Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth.
 
He was rewarded with a knighthood and became Comptroller of the Royal Household. Edgcumbe built the Chapel-in-the-Wood at Cotehele to commemorate his escape.
 

Barrington Court, Somerset

Henry Daubeney inherited Barrington Court from his father, who had been a courtier to Henry VII, in 1514.
 
Created first Earl of Bridegwater by Henry VIII, Henry Daubeney was related to Henry VIII’s ill-fated wives Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard by marriage.
 
Daubeney’s wife was half-sister to Anne’s mother and Catherine’s father.
 

Buckland Abbey, Devon 

Sir Francis Drake bought Buckland Abbey from another famous Elizabethan sailor, Sir Richard Grenville, after circumnavigating the globe in his ship Golden Hind.
 
It was from Buckland Abbey that he planned his attack on the Spanish Armada.
 
At the abbey you can see Elizabeth I’s commission of 1587 giving Drake command of the fleet and permission to 'singe the King of Spain’s beard'.