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DIGITAL RECONSTRUCTION: St Albans Cathedral reveal facial reconstruction of 15th century abbot 

 Published on: 14th September 2020   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

St Albans Cathedral have unveiled a facial reconstruction of Abbot John of Wheathampstead as part of Heritage Open days.

The reconstruction was created by experts after skeleton remains of the Abbot were discovered at his burial site in November 2017.

This is now one of only two faces of figures from fifteenth-century England that have been constructed, the other being Richard III.

The Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans said: “The reconstruction of Abbot John of Wheathampstead’s face brings him startingly to life, and immediately invites us to read his character from his features.

“He has an impish look, but also looks like a man who was not to be trifled with – as befits one of the most powerful ecclesiastical fixers of his day.

“I hope that seeing him in his human reality will raise interest in his life, and in the central role St Albans Abbey has played in this country’s history.” 

You can find out more about Abbot John of Wheathampstead here 

Picture credit: FaceLab Liverpool John Moores University and St Albans Cathedral

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