The skeleton of a portly figure was discovered almost by fluke when emergency repairs had to be made to the abbey at Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.
What? They dug up a fat abbot at the Cistecian Abbey of ...
No, not Our Lady of Springbank.
No, not Santa Croce in Gerusalemme.
Nope, not Downton Abbey either.
Furness Abbey. It's in the UK. Yes, King 'enry VIII was fat, but the remains of the
For something like seven centuries he had lain undisturbed.
He – or at least his remains – survived Henry VIII’s destruction of his abbey in 1537, eluded the grave-robbers that followed, and avoided discovery by Victorian archaeologists.
Even deep excavations and the underpinning of the crumbling building in the 1930s failed to unearth him.
But the abbot who headed Britain’s second richest and most powerful Cistercian monastery may soon be unmasked – along with the identity, perhaps, of one of the site’s ghosts. - Finish reading this fascinating story here.