Burial


A plaque marking Lady Jane Grey’s grave can be seen in the Church of St Peter Ad Vincula at the Tower of London.

In 1876 the chapel was excavated and the remains found were removed and then re-buried. Remains thought to be of Anne Boleyn, Jane Rochford, Duke of Northumberland and Margaret Countess of Salisbury were discovered. The remains of Katherine Howard, Lady Jane Grey and Lord Guildford Dudley were not found.

The report states the ‘grounds for presuming that she and her husband were buried in the chancel. The recent examination of the chapel has failed to afford any means of identifying the spot.’(Bell, 1877)

Davey writes that, ‘Many years ago, a very small and broken coffin was discovered in this vault (in St Peter-ad-Vincula), containing the remains of a female of diminutive stature, with the head severed from the body. The skeleton, which crumbled to ashes immediately it was exposed to the effect of the atmosphere, was surmised to be that of Lady Jane Grey, and the dust was enclosed in an urn and placed immediately under the oval inscription in the chancel above, which records her death.’(Davey,1909).

There is a legend that Jane’s remains were secretly buried at Bradgate.

Details of this legend can be found in the following:

The Nine Days’ Queen: Lady Jane Grey and Her Times by Richard Davey

The Nine Days Queen: A Portrait of Lady Jane Grey by Mary Luke

Lady Jane Grey: Nine Days Queenby Alison Plowden