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The Higgins Mausoleum

Summary of Higgins Family Members Interred in the Mausoleum

(In same order as above)

The Rev Henry Hugh Higgins MA  of Turvey House (1814-1893)

Anne (wife of above) (died 1907)

Charles Longuet Higgins of Turvey Abbey (1806-1885) of Turvey Abbey

Helen Elizabeth (Wife of above) (1823-1902)

Theresa (wife of below) (died 1846)

John Higgins of Turvey Abbey (died 1846)

Gertrude Maude Longuet-Higgins (1891-1952)

Hugh Christopher Longuet-Higgins (1923-2004)

Rev Henry Hugh Longuet-Higgins OBE (1885-1966) of Turvey Abbey

Albinia Cecil Longuet-Higgins (wife of above) (1899-1968)

Henry L. Longuet-Higgins of Turvey Abbey (1853-1927)

Gertrude Mary Longuet-Higgins (wife of above) (1858-1939)

I will add the other names and full details as soon as possible.

"What man is he that liveth and shall not see death?"

Quotation running around the top of the Higgins Mausoleum.

Just behind Turvey church, in the north-east corner of the churchyard,  there stands a most remarkable mausoleum.

This squat red brick construction is the final resting place of many members of the Longuet-Higgins and Higgins families.
It was built in the early 19th Century from Bedfordshire red bricks with stone columns.

There is a stone fireplace in the middle of the west wall and around the top there are stone letters spelling a biblical quote ‘What man is he / that liveth / and shall not / see death?’  (89th Psalm)

Higgins Mausoleum in 2010

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Individual Panels from Higgins Mausoleum

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The mausoleum was listed as a Grade 2 building on 27 August 1987.

English Heritage Building ID: 431165

The Mausoleum was also known as “The Sepulchre”,

It was created by John Higgins of Turvey Abbey when the traditional Higgins family vault in the church at Weston Underwood was full.

Work began in 1825.

The inside is decorated with the 25th and 26th verses of the 19th chapter of the Biblical book of Job.

I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.

This is a drawing of the inside of the Mausoleum, done by John Higgins of Turvey Abbey in the early 1830s.

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