Death announced of castle owner John Berkeley

November 24 2017

JOHN Berkeley, the owner of Berkeley Castle and a former high sheriff of Gloucestershire, has died.

JOHN Berkeley, the owner of Berkeley Castle and a former high sheriff of Gloucestershire, has died.

Mr Berkeley, who had also been a keen gardener and strong supporter of cricket, died after a short illness at home in early November, surrounded by his family.

A requiem is expected to be held in the New Year.

Mr Berkeley was born in 1931 at the family home, Spetchley Park in Worcestershire, where his love of gardening developed, even being mistaken for one of the gardeners by visitors as he worked in the herbaceous borders. 

He married his wife Georgina in 1967 and their two sons, Charles and Henry, are heavily involved in the running of the Berkeley and Spetchley Park estates.

As well as holding a number of roles with various organisations and clubs, Mr Berkeley had a long association with the Berkeley Hunt, the oldest pack of hounds in the country and still owned by the Berkeley family.

He had also been a big supporter of the annual Berkeley Show held in the meadow below the castle.