Bishop James Montagu -- Bath Abbey, Bath, Somerset, UK
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N 51° 22.858 W 002° 21.497
30U E 544659 N 5692386
Quick Description: The historic marker explaining the history of Bishop James Montagu, whise effigy tomb lies in the north nave at Bath Abbey
Location: South West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/18/2016 1:33:20 PM
Waymark Code: WMT99T
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
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Long Description:
The elbaorate tomb of Bishop James Montagu with an effigy of him in eternal repose is installed in a place of honour at Bath Abbey, where he once served as Bishop.

In the early 17th century, Bishop Montagu restored the Abbey's roof, since replaced in the 19th century with the amazing fanned and vaulted ceiling of today. The historical marker nearby tells the tale as follows:


Bishop of Bath & Wells 1606-1616 and afterwards Bishop of Winchester.

This effigy is one of only two in England vested as Prelate of the Order of the Garter.

Walking with Sir John Harrington, godson of Queen Elizabeth I, the bishop was overtaken by a sharp shower. Being invited into the ruthless knave by his companion, he remarked on the want of shelter, whereupon Sir John replied . . . “If the church does not keep us safe from the waters above, how shall it save others from the fire below?” The bishop thereupon reconstructed the roof (replaced in 1870 by the existing nave vault). His brother, Sir Henry Montagu, L.C.J. erected the Great West Doors in his memory."
Type of Historic Marker: Interpretive sign

Historical Marker Issuing Authority: Bishop of Bath

Age/Event Date: 1/1/1617

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