Grave of Thomas Gooding – Norwich, England - Atlas Obscura

Grave of Thomas Gooding

Norwich Cathedral

Does being buried standing up help you get into heaven faster? 

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Thomas Gooding was a mason of Norwich Cathedral who died in 1600. He paid a fair amount of money to be buried upright, believing that it would give him an advantage come Judgment Day.

Typical of the time, the base of Gooding’s memorial features a poignant, death-focused inscription: “All you that do this pass bye / Remember death for you must dye / As you are now even so was I / And as I am so shall you be / Thomas Gooding here do staye / Wayting for God’s judgement day”

If you look closely at the skeleton, you will see there is poor knowledge of anatomy.

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