Thursday, 4 May 2023

10th century abbot's grave

In 2020 remains were found under the ruins of Furness Abbey.  Emergency repairs were made to the abbey at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria after cracks appeared in the walls. They were caused by medieval wooden foundations rotting away. Structural engineers found an unknown grave. Medieval jewels and a silver and gilt crozier, a senior abbot’s staff of office, was found.
Furness Abbey is a former Catholic monastery that dates to 1123 and was once the second-wealthiest and most powerful Cistercian monastery in the UK. The unknown abbot was buried in the presbytery – the most prestigious position in the abbey, usually reserved for those held in greatest esteem.