Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral

Nine English Kings (excluding Alfred) are buried in Winchester Cathedral, pictured above and through this link.

Below left: the site of the shrine of St Swithun. Below right: the original tomb of King William ii (Rufus) 1087-1100, whose remains were scattered over five hundred years later by the Parliamentarian soldiers during the Civil War. However, according to the plaque, William Rufus had been moved from that site to allow the burial of Henry of Blois, Bishop of Winchester in 1171.

Shrine of St Swithin     King William Tomb

The Mortuary Chests

During the Civil War of the 17th century, Parliamentarian soldiers threw the original chests down to the ground and broke them open. The bones were then used to smash the windows in the Cathedral. At the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, the scattered and mixed up bones were placed in the present mortuary chests (shown below).

They include: Cynegil 611-642; Cenwealh 642-672; Egbert 802-839; Aethelwulf 839-858; Edward The Elder 899-924; Eadred 946-955; Eadwig 955-959; Canute 1017-1035; Hardicanute 1040-1042; William ii (Rufus) 1087-1100.

Mortuary Chest 1     Mortuary Chest 2

Mortuary Chest 3     Mortuary Chest 4

Mortuary Chest 5     Mortuary Chest 6

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