The spectacular Tradescant tomb: “a world of wonders in one closet shut”

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Tucked away in a pretty garden that was once an old churchyard near the River Thames is an extraordinary, richly-carved tomb.Ā  Decorated with exotic scenes and creatures, it marks the resting place of members of the Tradescant family, who made a name for themselves in the 17th Century collecting plants and other curiosities from all over the world.

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4 thoughts on “The spectacular Tradescant tomb: “a world of wonders in one closet shut”

  1. These would be descendants of John Tradescant (the elder) head gardener for Robert Cecil 1st earl of Sailsbury at Hatfield House and then George Villiers 1st duke of Buckingham at New Hall – one of my favourite periods of history. There is a carving of Tradescant on the grand staircase at Hatfield House.

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