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Ancestors of Gundred, Countess Of Surrey [1480]
Gundred, Countess Of Surrey [1480]
(Abt 1048-1085)


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Sir Guillaume I DE VARENNE, 1st Earl Of Surrey [1479]

Gundred, Countess Of Surrey [1480] 115

  • Born: Abt 1048, , Normandie, France
  • Marriage: Sir Guillaume I DE VARENNE, 1st Earl Of Surrey [1479] about 1070
  • Died: 27 May 1085, Castle Acre, Norfolk, England about age 37

bullet   Another name for Gundred was Gundreda.

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Source <Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia>:
"Gundred or Gundreda (Latin: Gundrada) (Normandy ?, ca. 1048/1063 \endash Castle Acre, Norfolk, 27 May 1085) was probably born in Flanders, sister of Gerbod the Fleming, 1st Earl of Chester. Although her parentage has been much debated, the International Society of the Descendants of Charlemagne considers Gundred to be the daughter of William the Conqueror and Matilda of Flanders, and therefore a descendent of Charlemagne.

Gundred married in Normandy before 1070 or in 1077 William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey (d. 20 June 1088), who rebuilt Lewes Castle , making it his chief residence. In 1078 he and Gundred founded a Cluniac Priory at Southover, adjoining Lewes , where both were buried. She died in childbirth at Castle Acre, Norfolk, one of her husband's estates, and was buried beside him at the Chapterhouse of Lewes Priory .
In the course of the centuries which followed both tombstones disappeared from the priory but in 1774 William Burrell, Esq., an antiquary, discovered Gundred's in Isfield Church (seven miles from Lewes), over the remains of Edward Shirley, Esq., (d. 1550), whose father John was Clerk of the Kitchen to King Henry VII , and had it removed on October 2, 1775, to St. John's Church, Southover, the nearest place to its original site, and placed inside and at the south-west corner of the church, where, until 1847, it could be seen on the floor between pews with a very fine inscription detailing its origins etc.

In 1845, during excavations through the Priory grounds for the South Coast Railway, the lead chests containing the remains of the Earl and his Countess were discovered, and deposited temporarily, for the next two years, beneath Gundred's tombstone. In 1847 a Norman Chapel was erected by public subscription, adjoining the present vestry and chancel. Prior to re-interring the remains in this chapel, both crypts were opened to ascertain if there were any contents, which was found to be the case. New crypts were made and used, and the ancient ones preserved and placed in two recessed arches in the southern wall. Gundred's remains in a good state of preservation although the Earl's has lost some lead. Across the upper part of the right arch is the name Gvndrada. Her tombstone is of black marble. The children of William de Warenne and Gundred were:
William II de Warenne (d. 11 May 1138), buried in Lewes Priory.
Reginald de Warenne, an adherent of Robert of Normandy.
Edith de Warenne, married, firstly, Gerard, Baron de Gournay"

Gundred married Sir Guillaume I DE VARENNE, 1st Earl Of Surrey [1479] [MRIN: 685], son of Raoul DE VARENNE [1628] and Unknown, about 1070. (Sir Guillaume I DE VARENNE, 1st Earl Of Surrey [1479] was born about 1045 in Bellencombre, Normandie, France,2 died on 24 Jun 1088 in Lewes, Sussex, England 2 and was buried in Lewes Priory, Sussex, England.)

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