A historical society has withdrawn £40,000 of funding towards the cost of a new tomb at Leicester Cathedral for Richard III because it is unhappy with the design.
The cathedral is seeking planning permission for the raised tomb made
of Swaledale fossil limestone with a simple cross incised over the top.
The raised tomb is to be positioned at the centre of a rose carved in
white limestone, surrounded by a band of dark Kilkenny limestone.
The King's date of birth and death, as well as his personal motto
'Loyaulte me Lie' ('Loyalty binds Me') and his boar badge will be carved
into the dark circular band around the tomb.
The Dean of Leicester, the Very Reverend David Monteith, said: "We
fully respect the process of the Judicial Review which will ensure the
procedure leading to the reinterment is correct. While this takes its
course we must, as would any Cathedral in this position, seek planning
permission for the detailed and costly changes which need to be made to
"The overall concept is regal and respectful in its elegant
simplicity, as befits the final resting place of a King of England. By
placing the tomb in our Chancel, we are giving King Richard the same
honour as did those friars more than 500 years ago."
The Bishop of Leicester, the Right Reverend Tim Stevens said: "I am
proud to support the Cathedral in continuing to progress its
responsibility to prepare for the reinterment of King Richard while the
judicial process continues. Our Cathedral deserves our prayerful support
during this exciting and challenging time."
Leicester Cathedral estimates that the cost of the reinterment and
the reordering of the Cathedral in connection will be around £1.3m.
tomb and vault will cost in the region of £96,000.
According to The Daily Mail, the Richard III Society has withdrawn
£40,000 in funding because some members found it to be "too modern and
Philippa Langley, of the Richard III Society, said: "Members feel it
is a very difficult design. They think it has been designed with the
cathedral in mind, and not for a medieval warrior king.
"What they say, and fear, is that it won't stand the test of time. I pretty much agree with that.
"I think it is a bit too confused at the moment, a bit too busy and
it does not reflect that there is a warrior king there beneath the
Canon Peter Hobson responded by saying that he understood the
perspective of critics but added that the cathedral could not make its
design "hostage to their money".