Prior Moore - Worcester Cathedral

walwyn Wed, 08/17/2011 - 21:23
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Prior Moore tudor effigy tomb Worcester cathedral


Situated behind the main altar in Worcester cathedral this effigy is said be that of William Moore (1518-1536), the prior of the Benedictine Priory of St Mary's Worcester.


His journal survives and details his weekly expenses, entertainment, and journeys from 1518-1535, giving an insight into the life of the head of a large religious house just before the reformation. Details of which are given in "The monastery and cathedral of Worcester (1866)" by John Noake.


In 1534 the Prior, sub prior and thirty seven of the monks subscribed to the oath of the royal supremacy, and denying the authority of the pope in England.1 In 1535, at the age of sixty three, he retired to the manor house of Crowle on a pension just before the dissolution.