A quarry near Ancaster has supplied stone for a fitting resting place for a former king of England.
Glebe Quarry, which is operated by father and son team, Terry and Andy Smith on Wilsford Heath, has supplied the buff coloured stone for the flooring and plinth surrounding the altar table on which the sarcophagus of King Richard III will lie in Leicester Cathedral.
A funeral procession has led to the king’s casket lying in Leicester Cathedral for thousands to visit before his remains are buried there tomorrow (Thursday)
The new tomb has been designed by James Elliott and the sarcophagus will be made from Yorkshire stone from close to where the king was raised. But Doncaster based Glebe Stone is a regular customer of the Smiths’ quarry and has cut and laid the plinth.
Andy Smith said it had been a very prestigious job: “I believe they have deliberately chosen to use English stone and the Ancaster hard white is one of the premier stones in the country.”
He said he would wait until the king’s remains are buried before paying his respects.
The last monarch of the House of York was brutally killed in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 at the end of the Wars of the Roses when fighting the army of Henry Tudor.
After his death his body had been taken to the Greyfriars Church in Leicester and hastily buried.
Related: from the Rutland Times: Meet the Rutland mason who built the tomb for King Richard III’s reburial