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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, having been moved from its setting, probably a chantry chapel founded and funded by the de la Pole family, chantries being dissolved in the sixteenth-century Reformation.

In comparison, St. Mary’s church in Cobham, Kent, from where Joan originated, provides the best evidence of the culture of commemorative monumental brasses in this period and houses the best collection in England in the floor of the chancel.

The Chrishall photograph was taken and produced at high-resolution for the Bats in Churches project – I have digitally cleaned areas of damage, caused by years of exposure to bat droppings and urine, from the image. This is he 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).