Historians hoping to find body of medieval king Henry I buried under car park

The body of another medieval king is thought to have been buried in a car park.

Following the discovery of Richard III in a Leicester car park in 2012, historians are now ­hoping to find Henry I underneath one.

Princess Diana’s brother Earl Charles Spencer, who is a distant relative of Henry I, is campaigning for his ancestor’s remains to be found so he can be given a “dignified” burial.

Historian Earl Spencer, 56, said: “He was a titan of history, a great king who ruled with a strong arm and gave people peace in the land.”

The king, who was the fourth son of William the Conqueror and ruled England from 1100 to 1135, was buried in Reading Abbey.

But it was razed to the ground in the English Civil War in the 17th Century. And expert Philippa Langley, who helped to find the remains of Richard III, is convinced Henry’s tomb could be beneath the car park of what was Reading Gaol.

Council bosses have ruled out plans for more excavations. But Princess Diana’s brother has set up a crowdfunding campaign to cover the cost.

He said if it is not possible for him to be buried at Westminster Abbey, the king should be moved to a church “of sufficient importance or magnificence.”

His interest was sparked during the research for his book, The White Ship, which is about to be published.

It tells the story about the vessel on which William Aetheling – Henry’s only legitimate son – died.

Philippa Langley, who helped to find the remains of Richard III in a Leicester car park in 2012, is now trying to track down Henry’s tomb.

The expert, who set up the Hidden Abbey Project, is convinced the king’s grave is in the car park of the former jail.

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