Tewkesbury located at the confluence of the River Avon that flows from Warwick past Straford, Evesham and Pershore, and the River Severn.
An important location controlling access to Worcester, Ludlow via the Teme that joins the Severn at Worcester, Stourport, Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury and Welshpool.
Tewkesbury Abbey has one of the finest collections of funerary monuments outside of Westminster Abbey, St Pauls and St George's Chapel, Windsor.
Edward Despenser, 1st Baron Despencer, a great great grandson of Edward "Longshanks" Plantagenet (his grandfather Hugh "Younger" Despencer married Eleanor Clare, whose mother was Joan of Acre Plantagenet daughter of Edward I.)
He fought at the Battle of Poitiers in 1356 subsequently being elected Knight of the Garter and created Baron in 1357.
Beautifully carved tomb in the Early English Perpendicular Style. Note the unique knight above the tomb facing the alter.
Tried for treason he was executed, apparently, by being drowned in a butt of Malmsey (Madeira) wine.
Isabel, daughter of Richard "Kingmaker" Neville, died during childbirth.
Sculpted by Percy Bryant Baker 1881-1970.
Cadaver unusual for the detail of worms and mice.
Alabaster with, unusually, portraits rather than a generic face.
Sculpted by Henry Hugh Armstead