Sunday 1st June 2014

Posted by Kate Withstandley

van Heyningen and Haward Architect's final design for the tomb of King Richard III released

van Heyningen and Haward Architect's final design for the tomb of King Richard III released

The proposals for the reordering of Leicester Cathedral's chancel and crossing, including King Richard’s tomb, have been accepted by the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England following extensive consultation with interested stakeholders.

The design consists of a large, shaped tombstone with a deeply incised cross, made of Swaledale limestone, on a dark plinth of Kilkenny stone, carved with King Richard’s name, dates, motto and inlaid with the Royal coat of arms. The remains of the King will be laid to rest in a brick vault below, sealed by the tombstone itself. The stones are chosen both for their inherent beauty and to ensure the prominence of the carved features.

‘This is a tomb which reflects the era in which it is designed as well as the solemn purpose for which it is commissioned,’ said David Monteith, Dean of Leicester. ‘To do anything else would be a pastiche of a medieval tomb and would ignore the fact he is being reburied in the 21st century. That is part of King Richard’s story now’.