St James’ Church, Warter, East Riding, Yorkshire

St James’ Church, now the Yorkshire Wolds Visitor Centre, contains three very fine sculptures by George Frampton as well as stained glass by Robert Anning Bell and a couple of bronzes in the church yard by Gilbert Bayes.

Monument to Charles Henry Wilson, 1st Baron Nunburnholme 1833-1907

Sculpted by George Frampton.

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Monument to Gerald Valerian Wilson 1885-1908

Sculpted by George Frampton.

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Monument to Lady Isabel Wilson 1879-1905

Sculpted by George Frampton.

Lady Isabel Wilson, daughter of 7th Duke of Roxburghe and wife of Guy Greville Wilson.

She died in childbirth aged 26.

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Stained Glass

Formerly installed in the Wilson Chapel that was demolished in 1974.

One depicts Lady Isabel being carried to heaven by six angels watched by her husband.

The other window depicts the personifications of Lady Isabel’s virtues – Courage, Hope and “Love to the Death” – surrounded by child-angel musicians.

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Finally got around to publishing the Consangunity page of my database that lists relationships in order of consanguinity ie how closely couples were related.

One Uncle Niece relationship (25%): Ernest I Duke Saxe-Coburg-Gotha 1784-1844 and Marie Württemberg 1799-1860. Surpringly late in date.

There are two half-uncle niece relationships further down the list:

John 3rd Baron Darcy Aston 1602- and Isabel Wray -1623

Christian August Oldenburg I Duke Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg 1696-1754 and Frederikke Louise Unknown.

Albert Saxe-Coburg-Gotha 1819-1861 and Victoria I Queen United Kingdom 1819-1901 are near the top of the list with a consangunity of 12.89% being first cousins and third cousins once removed.

King George I also married his first cousin Sophia Dorothea Hanover 1666-1726.

George, Duke of Clarence, and his younger brother King Richard III also listed since the Neville sisters, Isabel and Anne, daughters of Warwick the Kingmaker were their 1st cousins once removed, 2nd cousins once removed and third cousins.


Tewkesbury Abbey

Tewkesbury located at the confluence of the River Avon that flows from Warwick past Straford, Evesham and Pershore, and the River Severn.

An important location controlling access to Worcester, Ludlow via the Teme that joins the Severn at Worcester, Stourport, Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury and Welshpool.

Tewkesbury Abbey has one of the finest collections of funerary monuments outside of Westminster Abbey, St Pauls and St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Chapel of the Holy Trinity, Chantry of Edward 1st Baron Despencer 1335-1375

Edward Despenser, 1st Baron Despencer, a great great grandson of Edward Longshanks I King England 1239-1307 (his grandfather Hugh Younger Despencer 1286-1326 married Eleanor Clare 1292-, whose mother was Joan of Acre Plantagenet 1272-1307 daughter of Edward I.)

He fought at the Battle of Poitiers in 1356 subsequently being elected Knight of the Garter and created Baron in 1357.

Beautifully carved tomb in the Early English Perpendicular Style with a kneeling knight facing the alter on top.

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Gate to Vault containing George York 1st Duke Clarence 1449-1478 and Isabel Neville 1st Duchess Clarence 1451-1476

George the younger brother of Edward IV King England 1442-1483 and older brother of Richard III King England 1452-1485.

Tried for treason he was executed, apparently, by being drowned in a butt of Malmsey (Madeira) wine.

Isabel, daughter of Richard Kingmaker Neville 16th Earl Warwick 6th Earl Salisbury 1428-1471, died during childbirth.

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(Probably) Tomb of Hugh Younger Despencer 1286-1326

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Monument to Archdeacon Hemming

Sculpted by Percy Bryant Baker in 1915.

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Cadaver Cenotaph to Abbot Wakeman

Unusual for the detail of worms and mice.

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Brass floor marker of the grave of Edward of Westminster

Edward the son of Henry VI King England, II King France.He was killed, aged 17, at the Battle of Tewkesbury; the last Lancastrian in the male line.

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Westmacott Sculpture, Sherborne, Gloucestershire

Visited Sherborne Church, Gloucestershire, a couple of weekends ago whilst touring around North Gloucestershire, chasing the River Avon that runs through Warwick, Stratford, Evesham and Pershore, joining the Severn at Tewkesbury.

Sherborne the home of the Baron’s Sherborne; Sherborne House adjacent.

A remarkable collection of sculpture including the monument by Richard Westmacott the Elder, or Senior, 1747-1808, to James Lenox Dutton and his wife Jane Bond.

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Monument to John Dutton by John Michael Rysbrack, 1694-1770.

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St Mary’s Church, Rostherne, Tatton, Cheshire

Rostherne Church near Tatton Hall, Cheshire.

A remarkable monument to Charlotte Lucy Beatrix Egerton by Richard Westmacott (1775-1856).

Charlotte Lucy Beatrix Egerton drowned 10 November 1845, the day before her wedding, aged 21, in the Rostherne Mere; the church is overlooks the mere. Unknown whether accident or deliberate; suicide.

A very fine sculpture.

There are three sculptors named Richard Westmacott: grandfather, father and son. This is the work of the middle, perhaps best known, Richard Westmacott.

The church full of other monuments including two more Westmacott’s; the son rather than the father or grandfather.


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Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour had the same mtDNA!

Family trees are commonly represented from the male perspective. Presenting family trees from the female perspective occasionally identifies relationships that aren’t always apparent.

The History Database has a number of Maternal Family Trees that show descent only through the female line. Mitochondrial DNA, or mtDNA, is passed from mothers to their children; men don’t pass mtDNA on.

In transpires that Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour, the latter having usurped the former in Henry VIII’s affections both shared the same mtDNA. So did their children Elizabeth I and Edward VI respectively. The progenitor of the line is Eleanor Vitre from Brittany, died 1233. She married William 2nd Earl of Salisbury. Their daughter Ela married William Longespée 3rd Earl Salisbury.

The maternal line continues through numerous families: Bourchier, Darcy, Grey, Fitzherbert, Boteler, Strange, Cockayne, Seymour, Cromwell and Howard to name some of the most prominent.

Jane Seymour inherited her mtDNA from her mother Margery Wentworth and her grandmother Anne Say.

Anne Boleyn inherited her mtDNA from her mother Elizabeth Howard and her grandmother Elizabeth Tilney.

And, of course, before Eleanor Vitre, her mother was Emma of Dinan (Brittany), whose mother was Eleanor of Brittany (aka Penthièvre which is in southern Brittany) whose mother was Hawise of Guincampe, which is in northern Brittany.

The line appears to have ended with the two daughters of Dorothy Sidney, Dorothy and Penelope, neither of whom appear to have had daughters, and Jane, the daughter of Mary Boyle, who didn’t have issue.


Monument to Ralph Fitzherbert, Norbury Church

Monument to Ralph Fitzherbert and his wife Elizabeth Marshall at the Church of St Mary and St Bartok, Derbyshire.

Finely made in Chellaston alabaster of the fifth or early Tudor period

His effigy notable for being the only remaining with the boar of Richard III on his Yorkist suns collar. Bobbed hair with finely detailed ringlets. No facial hair. Head resting on a mantled tournament helm with right handed clenched fist crest; Fitzherbert. Feet resting on a lion with a beadsman beneath the right foot.

She wearing the butterfly headdress with a tight collar with an ‘agnes dei’ (lamb of God) pendant.

The chest finely made with weepers on the three extant sides. On one side five single men (a knight, a monk, two merchants and one unknown), and one couple. On the other side women, four single, two duos.

Ralph and Elizabeth had twelve children, six male, six female so probable the weepers represent their children, possibly with spouses, possibly with offspring since in the two females duos there is a noticeable difference in height.

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