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Two coffins had nameplates, which belonged to Richard Bancroft (archbishop from 1604 to 1610), John Moore (archbishop from 1783 to 1805); his wife, Catherine Moore, has a coffin plate, too.
Also identified from his coffin plate is John Bettesworth (1677-1751), the Dean of Arches, the judge who sits at the ecclesiastical court of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
St Mary-at-Lambeth’s records have since revealed that a further three archbishops were probably buried in the secret vault: Frederick Cornwallis (archbishop from 1768 to 1783), Matthew Hutton (archbishop from 1757 to 1758) and Thomas Tenison (archbishop from 1695 to 1715). A sixth, Thomas Secker (archbishop from 1758 to 1768), had his viscera buried in a canister in the churchyard.
Since the discovery, a square manhole has been let into the chancel floor, with a glazed panel that will offer a glimpse of the steps leading down to the vault. The coffins – which have been left exactly where they were discovered will be out of bounds, for good reason.
originally posted by: seagull
Interesting. I really hope that they continue to leave them alone.
I understand the urge to study them, to learn about their lives etc... Just as with any archaeological dig. But I'm always just a touch, more than a touch actually, uncomfortable with it.
Disturbing the dead just isn't right.
But right along with that discomfort is rampant curiosity...because I am an inveterate snoop.