Medieval History

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    de la Pole Monumental Brass

    at Holy Trinity, Chrishall, Essex A late-medieval brass set into the floor at the west end of the south aisle at Holy Trinity, Chrishall, Essex, commemorating John de la Pole (d. 1379) and his wife Joan Cobham. More here – The Chrishall brass is not in its original position, probably a chantry chapel founded and funded by the de la Pole family. Chantries were dissolved in the sixteenth-century Reformation. In comparison, St. Mary’s church in Cobham, Kent, where Joan was born and grew up, provides the best evidence of the culture of commemorative monumental brasses in this period. The chancel floor is home to the best collection of memorial…

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    St. Mary’s Chickney then and now

    St. Mary’s church, Chickney, Essex, was struck by lightning on 3rd May 1902, causing extensive damage to the spire. A grand total of £329 was raised so repairs could be undertaken but the building suffered further neglect over the years. Further repairs were carried out in 1930 but eventually the cost of maintaining such an ancient building overcame the resources of the parish and in 1975 it was passed into the care of The Churches Conservation trust. Today, visitors can find this hidden marvel open daily and particularly atmospheric. Stonework in the walls predates the Norman Conquest and that of the medieval font is a delight. Slide the divider on…

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    The Case of the Cowthorpe Brass

    19th-century metal theft The theft of antiquities from churches isn’t a new problem. On Saturday 9th June 1860, the York Herald reported on such a crime, with the headline, “Sacrilege at Cowthorpe”: “Within the last few days, the Parish Church of Cowthorpe, near Tadcaster, was entered by thieves, and the following property stolen : — A white metal flagon and basin, a pewter plate, and a quantity of brass from off the tomb of Brian Rowclyff, who founded the church in the year 1445. On one of the pieces of brass, a narrow plate, is engraven in Old English characters, a Latin inscription, and upon another brass plate, which is…