Posted: 01/08/2016 at 19:51
Overgrown roses are easily dealt with MatillyC. Start by looking for dead wood and cut that out at the base. Then stand back and have a look. It may be a queen Elizabeth from your description, a picture would confirm it. You can reduce height now if you wish, by a third back to an outward facing bud. Take out any damaged and crossing stems as well. Then take another look. It'll look better and then I'd leave it alone for now. In spring you can hard prune it to a simple 3 stems. However saying all this if it is a queen Elizabeth it'll shoot away next year as they're vigorous shrub roses. But at least you'll have some control from the outset next year.