Friday, September 05, 2008

Question from Nikki - All Hallows by the Tower and Thomas More

I was on the All Hallows by The Tower website and it says that Sir Thomas More has a connection with the church. It doesn't say he's buried there. Where is he buried and what is his connection with that church?

http://www.allhallowsbythetower.org.uk/famous_people.htm

8 comments:

PhD Historian said...

Because More was executed within the Tower walls and not outside on Tower Hill, his body is probably buried in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula. His head, however, probably lies elsewhere, since it was displayed on a pike on London Bridge, as was the custom.

Kathy said...

I don't know about More's body -- I'd guess St. Peter ad Vincula too though. But the story is that his head was displayed on London Bridge for a month until his daughter Meg rescued it. I'm not sure what happened to it after that. I would think they buried it somewhere.

Diane said...

There is a website that suggests some bones found in a niche in the Roper family vault may be the head of Thomas More. It is www.apostles.com/thomasmorehead.
html. The vault is in St. Dunstan's, Canterbury. The website also has links to photos of memorials inside St. Peter ad Vincula.

Nikki said...

I am still confused...why does this church claim to be affiliated with Thomas More? Is it just because its location is so close to The Tower? I know he's probably buried somewhere else.

Diane said...

There are two websites about All Hallows by the Tower that say Thomas More and John Fisher were buried there in 1535. They are:
sacred-destinations.com and
friendsofallhallowsbythetower.org

Diane said...

This is a follow up to my earlier post. I've seen several more sources that say John Fisher's body was first buried in the churchyard of All Hallows and then later moved to St. Peter ad Vincula. Perhaps that also happened with Sir Thomas's body.

Nikki said...

If I get to The Tower on my trip in October, I will ask one of the Beefeaters if he knows where Sir Thomas is buried and what his connection is with the church. We'll see what their opinion is!

Anonymous said...

They lie to the tourists all the time!