The remains of five Archbishops of Canterbury have been found beneath a medieval parish church next to Lambeth Palace, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s official London residence, during refurbishment of the Garden Museum.
Builders found a hidden crypt containing lead coffins with remains believing to date back to the 1660s, four of these have been identified as:
John Bettesworth, Dean of Arches, Judge of the Archbishops Prerogative court.
Richard Bancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury
John Moore, Archbishop of Canterbury
Catherine Moore, wife of John Moore
The Garden Museum was set up in 1977 in order to rescue from demolition the abandoned ancient church of St Mary’s, in Lambeth Palace Rd London.
Mor information: www.gardenmuseum.org