Secret tomb contains remains of 5 London archbishops

The remains were found while builders were renovating the building. They lifted some slabs to reveal a hidden crypt.

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The museum sits on a site that used to house the former St. Mary-at-Lambeth Church and is located next to Lambeth Palace, the archbishop of Canterbury’s London residence.

LONDON — A London museum has revealed that the remains of five archbishops of Canterbury were discovered inside a secret tomb beneath its building.

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The Garden Museum posted a statement and video Sunday revealing the find, which was made more than a year ago.

The remains of the others have not been identified.

(AP Photo/Akira Suemori, FILE) In this file photo dated Wednesday, May 25, 2011, then Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams poses with a 400-year old King James Bible at his London residence, Lambeth Palace. According to a statement from the London Museum released Sunday April 16, 2017, the remains of five former archbishops of Canterbury were discovered during renovation works inside a secret tomb beneath a building located next to Lambeth Palace, including the remains of Richard Bancroft who became archbishop in 1604 and played a major role in production of the King James Bible.

Bancroft became archbishop in 1604 and played a major role in production of the King James Bible.

Garden Museum director Christopher Woodward says five archbishops were buried in the tomb, including Richard Bancroft.