28 Sep 2017 – St Mary’s Church, Ewelme, Oxfordshire

28 Sep 2017 – St Mary’s Church, Ewelme, Oxfordshire

Alice Chaucer

Note the left Wrist Garter. Alice Chaucer was appointed Lady of the Garter in 1432 by Henry VI King England, II King France (since Henry was eleven years old at the time the appointment is likely to be by one of his uncles: Regent John Lancaster 1st Duke Bedford or Protector Humphrey Lancaster 1st Duke Gloucester.

The effigy was, apparently, viewed to determine how a lady should wear the garter at the re-commencement of Lady of the Garter appointments in 1901 after a gap of several hundred years.

A particularly fine example of the Cadaver underneath the chest on which Alice’s effigy lies. Full-length in a shroud.


29 Sep 2017 – Worcester Cathedral

Monument to John “Lackland” I King England in the Chancel

Chantry of Arthur Tudor Prince Wales south side of the Choir

Tomb of Gruffydd ap Rhys ap Thomas Deheubarth

Griffith ap Rhys the childhood companion of Arthur Tudor Prince Wales. He was with Arthur in Ludlow in 1502 when Arthur died and travelled with Arthur’s funeral bier from Ludlow to Worcester, and subsequently at Prince Arthur’s Worcester funeral, bearing the Prince’s banner.

Memorial to Charlotte Elizabeth Digby

Sculpted by Francis Leggatt Chantrey 1781-1841.

Daughter of the Honourable Colonel and Lady Lucy Digby (nee Fox-Strangways).

Maid of Honour to Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, 20 Jan 1802 to 02 Jan 1802 (the day before her marriage).

Married her first cousin Reverend William Digby (as his second wife), Prebendary of Worcester, 03 Jan 1803.

Born 07 Aug 1778. Died 03 Sep 1820 at Malvern of rapid consumption (tuberculosis).

Worcester Cathedral Lady Chapel

12 Dec 2017 – St Mary the Virgin Church, Bottesford, Lincolnshire

12 Dec 2017 – St Mary the Virgin Church, Bottesford, Lincolnshire

Monument to Thomas Manners 1st Earl Rutland and his wife Eleanor Paston

St Mary the Virgin, Bottesford, half church, half mausoleum to the Barons Ros and the Earls of Rutland. The entire chancel is filled with monuments that cover a period of nearly four centuries starting with Robert Ros, died 1285, considered by some to be the 1st Baron Ros, to John Manners 8th Earl Rutland, died 1679.

He depicted wearing his Knight of the Gater robes over full plate armour, wearing his now damaged coronet of an Earl, head resting on a tournament helmet complete the Manner’s Peacock Crest and a cap of maintenance.

The tomb was created by Richard Parker of Burton on Trent.

Detail showing the Earl’s Leg Garter.

Monument to Henry Manners 2nd Earl Rutland and his wife Margaret Neville

Middle Tudor Period

Both alabaster effigies appear to have originally had a coronet of an Earl that has since been damaged. His head on a tournament helm, hers on a scroll. He holding a prayer book, she, possibly, a book of hours. An alter table tomb with scultures of the children on the top. His left leg has the garter of a Knight of the Garter.

Henry’s tenure as Earl spanned the reigns of Henry VIII King England and Ireland and his three children: Edward VI King England and Ireland, Mary I Queen England and Ireland, and Elizabeth I Queen England and Ireland.

Detail showing the Earl’s garter below the knee on the left leg

Monument to John Manners 4th Earl Rutland and his wife Elizabeth Charlton

Scultped by Gerard Johanssen.

William Ros 6th Baron Ros Helmsley

Early Plate Period (Bascinet) Period

Wearing conical bascinet helmet with jewelled margin, his head rests on a tournament helm with the Manner’s Peacock Crest. Lancastrian SS Collar.

John Ros 7th Baron Ros Helmsley

Early Plate Period (Bascinet) Period

Wearing conical bascinet helmet with jewelled margin, his head rests on a tournament helm with the Manner’s Peacock Crest (now missing; the feet are remaining). Arse Girdle.

07 Jan 2018 – Lichfield Cathedral

07 Jan 2018 – Lichfield Cathedral

Monument to John Lonsdale Bishop Lichfield

Francis Chantry’s “Sleeping Children”

Sculpted by Francis Leggatt Chantrey 1781-1841.

A remarkable sculpture considered, rightly, to be one of Chantry’s finest.

Chantry is said to have viewed the monument to Penelope Boothby by Thomas Banks in St Oswald’s, Ashbourne, which is similar in subject and quality.

Somewhat reminiscent of Edward Onslow-Ford’s Snowdrift.

Interior of the Cathedral

Memorial to Andrew Newton

Sculpted by Richard Westmacott II 1775-1856.

07 Jan 2018 – St Oswalds Church, Ashbourne

07 Jan 2018 – St Oswalds Church, Ashbourne

Penelope’s Tomb

Sculpted by Thomas Banks 1735-1805.

Penelope, the only child of Sir Brooke and Lady Boothby, died aged five. So affected by her death was her father he left both his wife and Ashbourne, travelled to the continent, eventually dying in poverty in Boulogne.

Edmund Cockayne and his first wife Margaret Longford

Camail and Jupon Period

Note the Cockayne family crest of a cockerel on this Jupon.

Monumen to John Cockayne and his first wife Margaret Longford

Early Plate Period (Bascinet) Period. Lancastrian SS Collar. Cockerel Crest (most of which is missing).

Butterfly Headress

Memorial of George Errington

Sculpted by Richard Westmacott II 1775-1856.

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.