During the redevelopment of the Garden Museum project the tombs of five Archbishops have been amazingly uncovered. They were located inside a hidden crypt, beneath the floor of the deconsecrated church of St Mary-at-Lambeth.
The discovery was made by our site managers, when they came across an entrance to a tomb, whilst stripping back flagstones from the church floor, as part of the works.
Our site manager Karl Patten told the BBC: “We discovered numerous coffins – and one of them had a gold crown on top of it“. Archbishops were often buried with gold-painted mitres – ceremonial headpieces – placed on their coffins.
Image: Craig Dick