Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches

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A vaulted chamber, partly or fully underground, usually used for storage. The term is sometimes used interchangeably with 'crypt', though crypt was used primarily as a burial place and place for holding relics, whereas an undercroft was used for general storage purposes.

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This devout king was the son of Aethelred the Unready and Emma, daughter of Richard III of Normandy

22 March, 1322

Earl of Lancaster executed by Edward II

The earl had been largely responsible for killing Edward's favourite, Piers Gaveston.

This king came to the throne aged only 9

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