Tewkesbury Abbey

Tewkesbury located at the confluence of the River Avon that flows from Warwick past Straford, Evesham and Pershore, and the River Severn.

An important location controlling access to Worcester, Ludlow via the Teme that joins the Severn at Worcester, Stourport, Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury and Welshpool.

Tewkesbury Abbey has one of the finest collections of funerary monuments outside of Westminster Abbey, St Pauls and St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Chapel of the Holy Trinity, Chantry of Edward 1st Baron Despencer 1335-1375

Edward Despenser, 1st Baron Despencer, a great great grandson of Edward Longshanks I King England 1239-1307 (his grandfather Hugh Younger Despencer 1286-1326 married Eleanor Clare 1292-, whose mother was Joan of Acre Plantagenet 1272-1307 daughter of Edward I.)

He fought at the Battle of Poitiers in 1356 subsequently being elected Knight of the Garter and created Baron in 1357.

Beautifully carved tomb in the Early English Perpendicular Style with a kneeling knight facing the alter on top.

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Gate to Vault containing George York 1st Duke Clarence 1449-1478 and Isabel Neville 1st Duchess Clarence 1451-1476

George the younger brother of Edward IV King England 1442-1483 and older brother of Richard III King England 1452-1485.

Tried for treason he was executed, apparently, by being drowned in a butt of Malmsey (Madeira) wine.

Isabel, daughter of Richard Kingmaker Neville 16th Earl Warwick 6th Earl Salisbury 1428-1471, died during childbirth.

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(Probably) Tomb of Hugh Younger Despencer 1286-1326

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Monument to Archdeacon Hemming

Sculpted by Percy Bryant Baker in 1915.

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Cadaver Cenotaph to Abbot Wakeman

Unusual for the detail of worms and mice.

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Brass floor marker of the grave of Edward of Westminster

Edward the son of Henry VI King England, II King France.He was killed, aged 17, at the Battle of Tewkesbury; the last Lancastrian in the male line.

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