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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public worship will resume in the Abbey from 3rd December, and we will be open for visiting on selected days from 11th December.

In the meantime, the Abbey remains open for individual prayer and you are welcome to visit at the following times:

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

Roger Bigod, 4th Earl of Norfolk

In the north choir aisle of Westminster Abbey is a carved and painted shield of Roger Bigod, 4th Earl of Norfolk. This is one of a series of carved, and later painted, shields of benefactors to the building of Henry III's new Gothic church from 1245-1272. The arms are "or, a cross gules".

He was the eldest son of Hugh, Earl of Norfolk and his wife Matilda (Marshal). His wife was Isabella, sister of the King of Scots. Roger was knighted by Henry III in 1233 and granted the earldom. He was Marshal of England in 1246 and one of the wealthiest earls in England. Dying in 1270 without any children he was buried at Thetford in Norfolk. His nephew was his heir.

Further reading for the Bigod family

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2004

Roger Bigod, 4th Earl of Norfolk
Roger Bigod, 4th Earl of Norfolk Carved Shield

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2020 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

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Martin - The Dean’s Verger

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