Gloucester Cathedral contains over 400 memorials and monuments. Each recalls the life of an unusual individual – here you will find the histories of all manner of people – musicians, warriors, eccentrics and saints.
Edward II (d.1327)
This magnificent shrine-like tomb conservation work was completed earlier this year.with its alabaster effigy (the earliest important English example) is located in the north ambulatory. A programme of careful
Robert Duke of Normandy (d. 1134)
Eldest son of William the Conqueror, he was an early benefactor of the Abbey, and is thought to be buried in the Chapter House. The oak effigy in the south ambulatoryis a rare survivor from the thirteenth century.
Edward Jenner (d. 1823)
A doctor in Berkeley (where he is buried), he perfected vaccination against smallpox. His memorial statueis located towards the west end of the cathedral near the Cathedral shop.
Herbert Howells (d.1983)
One of the many musicians celebrated at Gloucester, Herbert Howellswas a composer of English church music. The window includes extracts from some of his compositions and is located in the south chantry chapel in the Lady Chapel. Other musicians commemorated in the Cathedral include S.S.Wesley, Herbert Brewer, Herbert Sumsion and Hubert Parry.
Glosters' Korean War Campaign
The north ambulatory chapel contains Books of Remembrance in which are inscribed the names of the men and women of the county of Gloucestershire who died in the two World Wars. The Korean War is remembered in a windowto the Gloucestershire Regiment and also in the Carne Cross which stands 25cm high and was presented to the Dean and Chapter in 1953.
John Stafford Smith
He composed the tune which later became known as the setting for the American national anthem. You can find out more about our historical connections with the U.S.A. on our American Connections page.
Use your mobile phone to listen to the stories behind seven of the memorials in the Cathedral. Find out more about our Great Lives Audio Stories
You can also purchase a Walk-Round guide to the memorials from the Cathedral Gift Shop.