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Row over tomb for Richard III
9:48am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
Pledges of money to fund the building of Richard III’s final resting place are being withdrawn over a row about how his tomb should look.
The design of the raised stone tomb for the last Yorkist king which – failing a legal challenge by a group of his distant relatives – is to be installed at Leicester Cathedral has caused a row after the design was revealed last week.
The move comes despite the society’s chairman Dr Phil Stone saying the plan was “utterly inspired”, and the involvement of society members in its design.
The cathedral is governed by planning rules which mean the tomb, hewn from Swaledale limestone and carved with a large cross, must be in keeping with the building’s wider use as a religious building.
This has displeased some of the original donors who had reportedly favoured a design emblazoned with more of the king’s medieval heraldry.
Final approval rests with the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England which is expected to make a decision by late October.
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