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Canterbury Cathedral; Burials and Commemorations

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People Buried or Commemorated in Canterbury Cathedral

Kent, England

Image right - the tomb of Edward the Black Prince

Image Geograph © Copyright Peter Trimming and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence.

Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, Kent, is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England and forms part of a World Heritage Site. It is the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, currently Justin Welby, leader of the Church of England and symbolic leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Its formal title is the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ at Canterbury.

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People Buried or Commemorated in the Cathedral


  • St. Alphege, d. 1012 - Archbishop of Canterbury. In 1011 he was captured by Danes, who demanded a high ransom for his release. Alphege urged his people not to pay the ransom, and he was killed by his captors.
  • St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109) Archbishop - often called the founder of scholasticism. He clashed with William II and Henry I over the respective powers of church and state.
  • Arundel (1353-1413) Archbishop, known for his opposition to the teachings of John Wycliffe and the Lollards.


  • John Bale
  • Thomas Becket (1118-1170) Archbishop and saint, murdered in the Martyrdom by knights of Henry II. Miracles reported at his tomb resulted in Canterbury becoming the most popular pilgrimage destination in Britain. The site of Becket's shrine is marked by a candle in Trinity Chapel, and the site of his murder is marked by an altar and memorial in the Martyrdom.
  • Edward Benson 94th Archbishop of Canterbury (1829-1896)
  • Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury (c.1404-1486)
  • Archbishop Thomas Bradwardine - 1349 - St. Anselm's Chapel



  • Randall Davidson
  • Henry Deane


  • Prior Henry Eastry - 1331 - South Choir Aisle
  • Edward, the Black Prince (1330-1376) Son of King Edward III and Phillippa of Hainault, considered one of the great knights of the Age of Chivalry; a fierce warrior who would have inherited the throne had he lived. His memorial stands on the south side of Trinity Chapel.
  • Ralph d'Escures, Archbishop of Canyerbury


  • Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) English composer and organist, the most famous British musician of his age.



  • Simon Islip



  • John Kemp


  • Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury (1005-1089) Archbishop of Canterbury. Reformed the English church along Norman lines, but also helped establish the independence of the English church from European interference. Helped ensure that William II succeeded to the throne instead of his brother Robert.
  • Archbishop Stephen Langton - 1228, St. Michael's Chapel
  • Cosmo Gordon Lang Most Rev Cosmo Gordon Lang, Baron Lang of Lambeth (1864-1945)
  • Stephen Langton Stephen (1151 - 1228) Archbishop, and supporter of the English barons in their struggle against King John that eventually led to the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215. He was originally buried outside the cathedral, but the Warrior's Chapel was built over the site of his grave and a memorial raised above the tomb.



  • Archbishop John Peckham - 1292, Martydom
  • Reginald Pole


  • Michael Ramsey
  • Archbishop Walter Reynolds - 1327 - South Choir Isle
  • Richard of Dover


  • Samuel Shuckford
  • Archbishop John Stafford- 1348 - South Choir Aisle
  • John de Stratford
  • Simon Sudbury 1317 - 1381) Archbishop, killed by an angry mob during the Peaants Revolt, and buried without his head. His ghost reportedly haunts the cathedral.


  • Frederick Temple
  • William Temple (bishop)
  • Theobald of Bec
  • Elizabeth, Lady Trivet - 1433 - St. Gabriel's Chapel


John de Ufford


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