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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 – https://chrishallessex.co.uk/joan-cobham-chrishall/

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 brasses in England.

The Chrishall photograph was taken and produced at high-resolution for the Bats in Churches project – https://batsinchurches.org.uk. I have digitally cleaned areas of damage from the image, caused by years of exposure to bat droppings and urine. This is the low-resolution image. The high-resolution version will be sent for print but is too large to display here.

Use the magnifier to explore the brass (works best on a laptop or desktop screen).

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