From: Lambeth Palace

to: Blackfriars station

DISTANCE: 2 miles


catherine parr, henry's last wife was born at blackfriars

Henry viii's london

directions - leg 7

Time for the final leg of your running tour. Go back the way you came along Lambeth Road. Go straight over the roundabout and turn right onto path next to the Thames and run along with the river on your left for just over a mile.


You’ll go under Westminster Bridge, past the London Eye, over Waterloo Bridge and finally take the steps up off the path when you get to Blackfriars Bridge (red and white). Once up the stairs, turn back on yourself and run over the bridge. Stop when you get to Blackfriars Station.


This is the final stop of your running tour. Congratulations!


7th STOP - WHAt happened here?

We’ve stopped our tour at Blackfriars because this is the where Henry’s sixth and final wife was born, Catherine Parr.

During Catherine’s life she had four husbands, Henry being her third. She was widowed by her second husband in early1543 and left a wealthy woman. Catherine renewed her acquaintance with the royal family and got a job as part of Lady Mary’s household.

Here it was rumoured that her and Thomas Seymour became ‘fond’ of each other but Catherine had already caught Henry’s eye. Seymour was cast aside leaving Catherine and Henry to marry on 12th July 1543.

Catherine was intelligent and restored a homely vibe to the royal household, bringing back Henry’s daughters and enjoying a close relationship with Edward. The Third Succession Act was passed shortly after the royal marriage and Mary and Elizabeth were returned to the line of succession.

catherine parr 1512-1547

One could say that Catherine was more of a nurse to Henry than a wife: he was ill and in lots of pain. He died on the 28th January 1547. 

Catherine went on to marry Thomas Seymour a month later – to much disdain from her family, friends and the public. Having been married three times and aged 35 - well past child-bearing age in those times - everyone thought that her chance to have children were over.


However, she gave birth to a daughter, Mary, aged 35 but died just six days afterwards from complications in September 1548.

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