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2013-09-21 15.56.07

Well, it's a tomb, which is a fairly obvious remembrance. But it's quite interesting, because this tomb was in the Rolls Chapel on Chancery Lane, and the Rolls Chapel was demolished in the mid 19th century. On the spot was built the new Public Record Office, which was under the Master of the Rolls still, and so created a chapel for surviving memorials from the old one, and for Victorian Keepers of the Public Records too (they were the kind of chaps who had coats of arms which are duly in the stained glass). But this hasn't been the Public Record Office since the 90s, and I suspect wasn't really used as a chapel for a long time before that. These days it's an anteroom of Kings College London Library. But this 16th century gent, George Young I think from squinting at his epitaph, is still safely remembered despite his surroundings having changed completely.

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And who wouldn't want to be buried in a library;-) ?
I certainly wouldn't object!
That's pretty cool, actually. A repurposed tomb that remains a final resting place while the world changes around it.
Yes, indeed. It pleases me a lot.
That's quite interesting to look at; I'm glad your pic links to a larger shot.
Thanks! If you go one pic onwards in that set you can see the rest of the decoration (cherub heads, mostly), if it's of interest.
That is really fascinating - he remains still as the world around him changes - and yet in some ways it stays the same as he remains surrounded by words.
Yes, indeed. Some parts here have changed not at all in 700 years (Lincoln's Inn and Staple Inn, for example, are only yards away), while other parts have been transformed over and over again. And he remains untroubled by it all.
How fascinating! I suppose no one thought it worth the fuss to move the grave as the surroundings changed.
How fascinating, and how cool to be buried so close to so many books! :o)