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Today, 28 May, is the 205th anniversary of Bishop Hurd’s death at Hartlebury Castle in 1808. He was 88 and had been the longest occupant of the see since the reformation. His nephew, young Richard, recorded his uncle’s last few days:
Letters of condolence to young Richard poured in. The Dean of Worcester, Arthur Onslow, was so grief-stricken that he was hardly able to speak when addressing the Chapter.
Hurd was buried in Hartlebury churchyard, in a table tomb. His beloved nephew was buried with him in 1827:
A Monument was erected in Worcester Cathedral. The design, by Joseph Stephens, is in the Hurd Library:
It was usual for the Chapter to exact a fee for erecting monuments, but those for bishops, deans and prebendaries were exempt. The Dean wrote to young Richard, making this clear. The Chapter, he said, declined “on any account to receive any fee, esteeming it a high honour to have a monument erected in their cathedral to the memory of so highly distinguished, revered and beloved a Prelate”. A splendid position was chosen -
to the left of the east window, opposite the monument to Bishop Stillingfleet, another great book collector, whose library is in the Marsh Library in Dublin. This sketch by James Ross, done in 1812, shows them both.
But in 1857 the east end of the cathedral was remodelled and both monuments were moved. Bishop Stillingfleet still has a fairly decent position in the north transept, but the beautiful Hurd monument was tucked into an obscure corner near the west window:
Chris Penney, Hurd Librarian