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Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: 12:30pm - 2:00pm

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Alured Clarke

The Reverend Alured Clarke D.D. was a prebendary (clergyman) at Westminster Abbey from 1731-1742. He was born in 1696 a son of Alured, of Godmanchester, and his wife Ann (Trimnell). His brother Charles was later a baron of the Exchequer. Educated at Cambridge he was ordained and was a prebendary at Winchester and at Exeter and chaplain to George I and George II. In 1741 he was made Dean of Exeter and was also a deputy Clerk of the Closet. He was also an author and co-founder of the Devon and Exeter Hospital and died unmarried on 31st May 1742. His grave "under a large old gravestone next the south angle of the late Duke of Newcastle's monument" in the north transept of the Abbey seems never to have been marked.

Further reading

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


31st May 1742


Writer; priest/minister


North Transept

Alured Clarke
Alured Clarke

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At different times of the day, or in different seasons, the light falling in the Abbey will light up something that you have walked past a million times and never seen before.

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