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Archbishop Meopham

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Simon Meopham (or variously Mepeham, Mepham, etc) served as Archbishop of Canterbury  from 1328 until his death in 1333.  He had serious disputes on several fronts, and was excommunicated by Pope John XXII in 1333.  His body therefore needed absolution before it could be buried in the cathedral.  His memorial stands at the foot of the Pilgrim Steps where it acts as a screen to the chapel of St Anselm (Image 1)

 

What to see:

 

  • a tomb which, more than any other in the cathedral, has similarities to Becket's shrine - particularly the open sides

  • the black marble tomb-shaped as a sarcophagus (Image 2)

  • fine twin wrought-iron gates erected at the same time as the tomb, from Mayfield in Sussex where the Archbishops had a palace (Image 2)

  • well preserved carved Caen stone tracery with angels and evangelists (Image 2)

  • low relief depictions of monks at work in their scriptorium (Image 3)

 

Sources: see standard cathedral sources

 

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