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The bones of George Duke of Clarence and Tewkesbury Abbey


The photos you'll find below were taken during a visit to the Abbey in December 2014.

Most of the stained glass of this magnificent abbey is Victorian but the Seven Chancel windows date back to 1340 and is one of the finest examples of decorated glass in the country. Meaning that these windows were already here while the Lancastrians tried to seek safety in the abbey on 4 May 1471. The terrified Lancastrian lords may even have prayed while looking upon these religious depictions of prophets, The Virgin and Kings from the Old Testament before being dragged out of hiding and taken captive, heading towards an undeniable faith...

The Nave Fault

The Presbytery Fault
The Seven Chancel Windows date back to 1340

The bones in the glass box inside the 'Clarence Vault'. Examinations in 2013 revealed that one of the skulls is likely that of George, Duke of Clarence, Edward IV's brother who was executed on the King's orders on 18 February 1478. George and his wife Isabel were buried at the Abbey.

The 'Tewkesbury Door', said to have been made out of horse armour from the Battle of Tewkesbury
Entry to the "Clarence Vault"

The floor in the "Clarence Vault" with original tiles

The vault is usually closed to the public and only shown on request.

Victorian memorial for the Lancastrian Prince of Wales, Edward of Westminster, son to Henry VI, in the choir, who was killed at the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471 and said to have been buried here
Right above the memorial for Prince Edward is the Sunne in Splendour, the badge of Edward IV

Memorial of the Battle of Tewkesbury in the Vineyards, where much of the fighting took place

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