Henry VIII,the Reign
The Royal Progress 1535
Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire
26 Jul 1535
The bridge over the River Avon today still bears King John’s name and his body is entombed a few miles away at Worcester. He chose to be buried there near to the shrine of his favourite saint, Wulfstan I. It was from here that King Henry VIII’s Lancastrian father, the future Henry VII, fled after the battle of Tewksbury in 1471 to Brittany. He returned through Wales and the west of England, gathering support in 1485 to defeat Richard III at Bosworth and claim the kingdom for the Tudors.
The abbot who had granted Stanway to Tracy died in 1534 and was replaced by John Wyche (also known as Wakeham). During the royal progress’s visit to Tewkesbury, Wyche promised Cromwell a gelding, which, together with thanks for his preferment, he duly sent him that autumn with five shillings to buy a saddle and a hint of future gratifications. In the guise of his alias, Wakeham, he became the inaugural Bishop of Gloucester in 1541.