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Friday 9th February 2024

Exhibition: Thornbury Castle and the Duke of Buckingham

Thornbury & District Museum

This exhibition runs on Tuesdays and Fridays 1-4pm and Saturdays 10am to 4pm, from Tue 19 Apr 2022 - Fri 20 Dec 2024. Entry is free.

Thornbury Castle and the ill-fated 3rd Duke of Buckingham Exhibition.

Downstairs, in our Roman Coins room, as well as learning about the coin hoard discovered when a Thornbury man was digging a garden pond, you can also read about the builder and (short-lived) owner of Thornbury Castle.

Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, had grand ideas about his place in Tudor society. He set about building a castle where there had once been merely a manor house.

He drew ideas from some of the grandest buildings in Tudor England – and was innovative too. Thornbury had ornate twisted chimneys before Hampton Court did.

But his ambition cost him dearly. Before the castle was finished, Buckingham was executed by order of Henry VIII in 1521. 2021 saw the 500th anniversary of his death.

Museum researchers have uncovered a great deal about Buckingham and his castle. Come and find out for yourself why Henry VIII distrusted such a powerful potential rival.

Entry is free, to this exhibition and all other parts of the museum. For more details, check out What’s On at our website below.


Venue information

Thornbury & District Museum
Chapel Street, Thornbury, BS35 2BJ

Beech House

Hawkins of Thornbury

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