Here, in Gloucester Cathedral, lies King Edward ll Born 1284 - reigned 1307-27
The holes in the King's crown once contained jewels - the graffiti is thought to be the work of Kings School boys in the 1700s. Kings school exists to this day.
Edward ll was murdered at Berkley Castle which lies just along the vale from Gloucester, his body was brought to the abbey precincts where it was received by the Abbot for burial
In the middle ages this tomb would have been a spectacular sight covered in colour and gilding. For about 70 years after the king's death it was a focus for pilgrims and travellers. In 1378 his great grandson, Richard ll came to the cathedral where he held a parliament - the pillar besides Edward's tomb testifies to this - painted traces remain of white harts, Richard's royal symbol.
This is the tomb of Osric - Prince of Mercia - he founded the first monastic house on this site during the year 678-679
Elizabeth Williams died in childbirth when she was just 17 years old. The baby probably survived for a short time as it is dressed in what is called a chrysom - a christening gown indicating baptism
The Latin inscription on the epitaph reads....
"Husband, you carved in marble here your wife;
Thus you'd ensure her immortality.
But Christ my hope and trust was, all my life;
So God forbids that I should mortal be".
July 4th 1622
Wife of W.J. Williams
Youngest daughter of Dr. Miles Smith
Bishop of Gloucester
Robert Duke of Normandy, eldest son of William the Conqueror, and benefactor of Gloucester Abbey.
He died in 1134 at Cardiff Castle, a prisoner of his youngest brother, King Henry l
This oak effigy is a rare survivor from the 13th century
Thomas Machen, Alderman of the City of Gloucester and thrice Mayor with his wife Christian.
They were married for 50 years had 7 sons and 6 daughters and died within months of each other in 1614/15
Around the tomb their children are shown as "weepers" - at the top 4 daughters and two that died in childhood
The next row four of their sons
The bottom row shows three sons who also died in childhood
A great deal of this Romanesque church survives including these great nave piers
The magnificent Quire and Presbytery were remodelled in what became known as the English style of architecture for more than 200 years
A beautiful and unusual lead Norman font
A pretty window made by Christopher Whall with assistance from his daughter Veronica - Christopher is my favourite Arts and Crafts stained glass designer.
This is just a tiny fraction of his wonderful windows in Gloucester Cathedral
Wall paintings in St Andrews chapel
This fresco painting was carried out by Thomas Gambier Parry who lived locally at Highnam Court. He developed his own process of fresco painting and was a great philanthropist. He constructed a school for his workers and a church on his estate. He frescoed Highnam church in remembrance of his wife and some of his children who died at early ages. I will try and revisit the church some time in the future as it is a feast for the eyes.
Window in memory of Ivor Gurney 1890-1937
Ivor was born in Gloucester and was a chorister in the Cathedral. He won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he began to write poetry. He enlisted in the Gloucestershire Regiment, was wounded and gassed. His first book of poetry was published in 1917. The following year he had a serious breakdown and was eventually declared insane and confined to a mental institution.
These windows were installed this year and chart his life.
Each light draws on a poem of Gurney's and reading from left to right reflect his troubled life. They show the Cotswold countryside he loved, through the terrors of war and his own despair.
This Crucifixion, 'Pieta', Resurrection is another recent work of art. The niches in which the paintings fit have been empty for over 450 years since the reformation
We actually visited the cathedral to see a huge exhibition of sculpture by many of the 20th century 'greats', but that will now have to wait for another time.