Name: Wiglaf of Mercia
Burial: Repton, Derbyshire
Change Date: 2 NOV 2010
Wiglaf (died 839) was King of Mercia from 827 to 829 and again from 830 until his death. His ancestry is uncertain: the 820s were a period of dynastic conflict within Mercia and the genealogy of several of the kings of this time is unknown.
Early in the 8th century the famous Repton crypt was begun, which was to serve as a mausoleum for the Mercian royal family. King Ethelbald was entombed in it in 757, and King Wiglaf in 840. Initially, it was below ground level with a wooden roof but later, in the 9th century, a fine vaulted stone roof supported by four ?barley sugar? columns was constructed, and, above it, a splendid chancel was built. The distinctive Anglo-Saxon stonework can be admired from both inside and outside the church. Sir Nikolaus Pevsner wrote: ?...the chancel....and the crypt form one of the most precious survivals of Anglo-Saxon architecture in England.?
Wiglaf, King of Mercia was the son of Beornwulf, King of Mercia.
(Journal of the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Chobham, Surrey, U.K., volume 1, issue 6, page 407)
- Wigmund of Mercia b: 800