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Graves of the Tudors
May 7, 2010
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wreckmasterjay
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Where are all the great people from Tudor times buried? I should Imagine that there are loads of famous kings/queens/mistresses/ etc as well as people like Cromwell, Wolsey and the other Boleyns. Should we start a list for people to go visit them?????

OK I'll start with…..

Anne Boleyn – St Peter Ad Vincula, Tower of London

Catherine Howard – as above

Lady Jane Grey – as above

Henry VIII/Jane Seymour – Windsor Castle

sorry they are the most obvious ones! 😎

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May 7, 2010
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Elizabeth I is at Westminster Abbey. She shares a crypt with her sister:

Mary I is at Westminster Abbey

Edward VI is at Westminster Abbey, in the Henry VII Lady Chapel

Henry VII and Elizabeth of York are at Westminster Abbey

Katharine of Aragon is at Peterborough Cathedral.

Arthur, Prince of Wales is at Worcester Cathedral.

Anne of Cleves is at Westminster Abbey. Her grave is reportedly difficult to find, but is tucked away behind an organ opposite of Edward the Confessor's shrine.

Katherine of Parr is at St Marys Chapel, Sudeley Castle.

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May 8, 2010
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To be honest, most are in the Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula!!

Be daly prove you shalle me fynde,nTo be to you bothe lovyng and kynde,

May 9, 2010
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Anne Boleyn – St Peter Ad Vincula, Tower of London

Catherine Howard – as above

Lady Jane Grey – as above

They were beheaded and they are in the same place. Why? Is this a place where there are the people who were beheaded?

May 9, 2010
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Yes – The Tower of London served as a prison as well as fortress and royal residence.  Anyone executed within its walls (or out on Tower Hill) was usually buried within the Towers' chapel, St Peter Ad Vincula.  Well, their bodies anyway!  Heads of traitors were usually displayed out on London Bridge as a warning before being dumped into the Thames after a while.  Fortunately, I'm pretty sure there weren't any women who suffered that final indignity, certainly not Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard or Lady jane Grey.   The remains of those beheaded were usually seen as property of the state and it was up to the state to provide burial arrangements.  The Chapel of St Peter Ad Vincula was the most convenient place.

Sir Thomas More's daughter Margaret, though, famously managed to get her fathers' head back after it had done its time out on London Bridge by bribing the guard, and had it later properly interred in the family vault. 

May 10, 2010
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When I visited the Tower in January this year the guides told me that when the Tower Green was dug up along with the remains of those in the chapel, literally THOUSANDS of corpses were found and although none could be identified, they were all given a Christian burial elsewhere. Apparently that area is also a cemetary for those who worked in the Tower too as it is like a little town in there. Not so good if you want to go out on the town and get back at 3am….the gates shut at 10pm and dont open till the day after (I think the time is right?).

There has been a good series on it on History channel called The Tower and it takes you through the more interesting parts of it such as Prisoners, Ceremonial, the Jewels etc… Its at least 5 episodes long….I managed to tape the first five before I realised it continued the week after. Doh!!!

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June 22, 2010
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For all you Tudors fan who like interesting facts, Henry VIII wanted a grand tomb built for himself and Jane Seymour when he died, with effigies, etc. However, at St. George's, Windsor, there is only a slab marking Henry's last resting place. According to David Starkey, there are some remains of Henry's tomb. There are copies of 4 brass candlesticks (where, I am not sure). The most intersting is Henry's black marble sarcophogus still exists. In St. Paul's Cathedral rests Admiral Lord Nelson inside Henry VIII's sarcaphogus. I've been to St. Paul's a few times, passed Nelson's tomb, and never knew it was connected to Henry VIII.

I want to add to the list of Tudor burials, Lady Elizabeth Boleyn (Anne's mother) is buried at St. Mary's Lambeth, which is now the Museum of Garden History, London.

There is a book in print titled Who's Buried Where? by Fred Delaney, updated by Ian Godfrey. I purchased my copy at Westminster Abbey bookshop. It has most of the Kings and Queens of England, aristorcats, the famous and infamous listed. A great reference guide for me, at least.

"By daily proof you shall find me to be to you both loving and kind" Anne Boleyn

June 23, 2010
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I want to add the men who were accused of treason and murdered at the time of Anne's murder:

Her brother George Boleyn-St Peter Vincula Chapel on the Tower grounds.

Sir Francis Weston & Sir Henry Norris- Originally buried in same grave in theTower graveyard, but moved inside St Peter Vincula Chapel during construction of the Tower's Jewel House and The Waterloo Barracks. 

Sir Henry's head is said to have been claimed by his family and is buried in a chapel at Ockwell Manor in Berkshire.

William Brereton & Mark Smeaton-buried in same grave in the Tower graveyard.  Also moved inside St Peter Vincula Chapel during above construction.

Also: Jane Parker Boleyn-St Peter Vincula Chapel

         Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond-Framlingham Church, Suffolk

          Thomas Cromwell-St Peter Vincula Chapel

           Thomas Cranmer-Martry's Memorial, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

August 10, 2010
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You start some great threads Wreckmaster.

Duchess, how interesting on Elisabeth Boleyn being buried in Lambeth as her husband is laid to rest in St. Peter's in Hever. I wonder why they are not together? Also Duchess, does your book say where Mary Boleyn is buried?

If it was not this, then it would be something else?

August 10, 2010
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ipaud,

  First, sadly, the book does not where Mary Boleyn is buried. I wish we could know.

  Second, the Howards have a long association with St. Mary's Lambeth. Apparently, at one time, there is a Howard Chapel where many Howards were buried (I am not sure of the chapel still exists). I always felt that Elizabeth and Thomas were not buried together over some marital estrangement after Anne's and George's death.

"By daily proof you shall find me to be to you both loving and kind" Anne Boleyn

August 11, 2010
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Hi Duchess, 

I found this website (it does not have any information about Mary Boleyn)

Find A Grave Search Results

http://www.findagrave.com

From what i read, the church still exists.

If it was not this, then it would be something else?

August 11, 2010
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Complete List of Resting Places:

Henry VII-Westminster Abbey

Elizabeth of York-Westminster Abbey, in the Lady Chapel Henry had built

Arthur Prince of Wales-Worcester Cathedral

Henry VIII-St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle

Thomas Wolsey-Leicester Abbey (now Abbey Park)

Sir Thomas More- Roper Vault of St. Dunstan's Church Canterbury 

Thomas Cranmer-Ashes Scattered after Death

Thomas Cromwell-Originally Westminster Abbey now in Unmarked grave in Tyburn area

Catherine of Aragon-Peterborough Abbey 

Elizabeth Blount-Thetford Priory

Henry FitzRoy-Howard family vault at Thetford Priory

Anne Boleyn- St Peter ad Vincula

Mary Boleyn- Hilton Foliat, Hungerford, Wiltshire, England.

Thomas Boleyn-St Peter's Church near Hever Castle

Elizabeth Howard(Boleyn)- Lambeth

Jane Seymore-St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle

Anne of Cleves-Wesminster Abbey

Catherine Howard-  St Peter ad Vincula next to Anne

Thomas Culpeper- St Sepulchre-without NewGate Church in London

Lady Jane Rochford- St Peter ad Vincula

Catherine Parr-buried in St Mary's Chapel at Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire.

Mary I-Wesminster Abbey (Below Elizabeth I)

Elizabeth I-Westminster Abbey (On top of Mary I)

Edward I-Westminster Abbey

and thats all I could think of.

There's also this weird thing though if you visit the place where Henry VIII is buried they will tell you this story of how his tomb was broken into even though its super hard to get into the volt, but anyhow his coffin was smashed and his skeleton was seen and there was still a few grey hairs (his beard) on his bony chin.  So yeah. Creepy!

November 3, 2010
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Somewhat off-topic, I thought that I heard that Anne's head was tucked under her arm in her “coffin” (arrowbox) upon her burial…maybe that's' just a myth.  

Anyone know where James VI/I is buried?  England or Scotland?  I mean, I know that, technically, by the time we get to him we are WAAAAY outside the realm of Tudor, but he does sort of mark the end of the Tudor reign in England–even though he is Margaret's son.

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November 4, 2010
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@ MegC I've read that James I was buried in the Chapel of Henry VII at Westminster Abbey. Elizabeth I was buried there, but he moved her remains to another part of the Abbey (as many have said above, she shares a crypt with her sister Mary). James also moved his mother from Peterborough Cathedral to Westminster Abbey.

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November 4, 2010
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Yeah, James is buried in the Henry Vll Chapel in Westminster Abbey.  Elizabeth was originally laid to rest there but James had her moved in with Mary so he could eventually take her place in the vault to demonstrate his right to the English throne through his Tudor ancestors. At least he built Elizabeth a nice tomb though!

November 6, 2010
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Thanks for that brilliant list, AnneTheQueen, but Mary Boleyn is not buried at Hungerford, it is not known where she was buried but as she died at Rochford Hall in Essex she would not have been buried in Wiltshire. I suspect she was laid to rest at Rochford somewhere. It's sad that we don't know exactly where.

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December 20, 2010
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Does anyone know why Elizabeth was entombed over Mary? I can't imagine both corpses would be in one coffin. Seems very disrespectful to me! Elizabeth being entombed over Mary seems disrespectful to Mary.

December 20, 2010
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AnneTheQueene said:

Thomas Cromwell-Originally Westminster Abbey now in Unmarked grave in Tyburn area

 


That was Oliver Cromwell, not Thomas. As a convicted and executed traitor, Thomas would not have been buried in Westminster Abbey.

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December 20, 2010
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If Cromwell was a convicted traitor and executed by the crown, wouldn't his bones be in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula along with Anne's and KH's and Jane Parker's and all the other “traitors”?  Surely with 1500 skeletons, his was in there somewhere (not that we'll ever know which one).  I mean, I know that way more than 1500 people were executed by the crown, but Cromwell was somewhat more high profile than the average man/woman.  Seems like the pattern with St. Peter ad Vincula–lots of high profile people in there.

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December 21, 2010
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MegC,

Thomas Cromwell is buried at St Peter Vincula.

Interesting tidbit: Charles I was beheaded, but buried at Windsor's St George Chapel in the same vault as Henry VIII and Jane Seymour.

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