|Death: ||Apr. 30, 1544|
1st Baron Audley, his political career began in 1523 when appointed MP for Essex. Subsequently he enjoyed the patronage of Cardinal Wolsey and became Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Commons Speaker, presiding over the Parliament that instigated the Dissoluton Of The Monasteries. He was the official who presented Henry VIII's divorce petition to Parliament. Succeeding Thomas More as Lord Chancellor, he presided over the capital trials of More and John Fisher, and was later present at the execution of Anne Boleyn. In 1538 he was created Baron Audley of Walden, and the stately home Audley End near Saffron Walden was named after him. In 1540 he was made a KG, saw to the fall of Thomas Cromwell and handled the Anne of Cleves divorce. He resigned his offices only a week before his death.
Chest tomb, arms with crest, supporters and motto. Black Belgian slate.
Arms: Quarterly per pale indented or and azure, on a bend of the second between
2 eagles displayed of the first, a fret enclosed by 2 martlets or.
Crest: On a chapeau, a wyvern tail nowed wings expanded and endorsed.
Supporters: 2 Heraldic antelopes, collared, chained, and chain reflexed.
Motto: Garde ta foi.
On the upright at the back of the tomb, underneath the arms, is:
The stroke of death's inevitable dart; Hath now, alas, of life bereft the hart,
of Sir THOMAS AUDLEY of the Garter Knight; late Chancellor of England under our
Prince of might Henry the Eight, worthie of high renowne and made by him LORD
AUDLEY of this towne. Obiit ul timo Aprilis, Ann Dom 1544 regni regis Henrici 36
cancelleriatus sui 13, aetatis 56
Many thanks to G Gillon for inscription information.
Margaret Audley (____ - 1563)*
Plot: ornate altar tomb, north chapel
Created by: Mark McManus
Record added: Dec 13, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12674157