LEICESTERSHIRE

At the moment I have very few photographs for this county so for now it is mainly a list of churches to visit and monuments to see.

 Ashby-de-la-Zouche - St Helen

 

 Ashby Folville - St Mary

A Pilgrim (15th century) alabaster effigy; one of only two in England.
R Nunby (ob 1526), incised slab
2nd Earl of Huntingdon (ob 1561) & wife, alabaster effigies on tomb chest with mourners separated by shields. Inscription.
Margery White (ob 1623), demi-figure.
6th Earl of Huntingdon (ob 1698), wall monument with lion & unicorn holding a shield with motives copied from the monumnet to the 2nd Earl.
9th Earl of Huntingdon (ob 1746), standing wall monument, a large obelisk in relief, designed by Kent and carved by Joseph Pickford. In front is a large vase with a demi-figure of his window; by Rysbrack.
2nd Marquess of Hastings (ob 1844)

Slab under arch with foliated cross; only the head and feet of the figure show.
Ralph Woodford (ob 1485), incised slab; corpse in shroud.
Knight (late 14th century), poor, on tomb chest with shields.
George Smith (ob 1607) & wife (ob 1607), two recumbent effigies on tomb chest with children. Alabaster.
Francis Smith (ob 1629) & wife, two recumbent effigies on four poster. The mourners from the tomb chest are lost. Alabaster.

Belton - St John the Baptist

Roseia de Verdun, foundress of Grace Dieu Priory in 1240, from where the monument was moved at the Dissolution. The tomb chest is later but the shafts and canopy surrounding the effigy, which is similar in dress to the Fontevraud effigies,  are 13th century. Gray sandstone, much recut, especially the face, but still a beautiful monument
Bottesford

Inscription plate to Robert de Roos (1285) & Wife referring to a hear burial.
Minature, incomplete figure of knight above is said to represent him. Purbeck marble.
Lady in wimple, c 1310 - 20, ironstone. William, Lord Roos (1414), alabaster knight on a tomb chest with angels. John, Lord Ross (1421), similar to left. Detail from monument of 6th Earl

Henry de Codynton, Rector (1404), brass. Figure with tall canopy.
John Freeman, Rector in 1420, small & now headless.
1st Earl of Rutland (1543) & Wife. Alabaster with two recumbent effigies on tomb chest with weepers. Inscription. Gothic with early Renaissance detail. By Richard Parker of Burton-onTrent; it cost £20.
2nd Earl of Rutland (1563) & Wife. Alabaster table tomb, under which the effigies and on top three smaller kneeling effigies, facing the foot, between which upright slab with arms.
3rd Earl of Rutland (1582). Alabaster; typical Elizabethan type with two recumbent effigies on rolled up straw mats and back wall with inscriptions; one small kneeling figure at foot. This - and the monument to the 4th Earl - were by Gerard Johnson in Southwark and shipped north, costing £100 each.
4th Earl of Rutland (1588) Alabaster; as above but with kneeling figures at head & foot and six on ground at side.
5th Earl of Rutland (1612) ; Alabaster and similar to above but lower relief; between columns at the side, figures of Labour & Rest. By Nicholas Johnson and cost £150.
6th Earl of Rutland (1632) Alabaster and the grandest. Effigies of the Earl and his two wifes at different levels. Two kneeling figures to the east and one to the west. The inscription refers to children "killed by wicked practice and sorcery."
7th Earl of Rutland. (1641) by Grinling Gibbons, the effigy being carved by Quellin. Baroque, standing figure in Roman dress on pedestal.
8th Earl of Rutland (1679) Marble by Grinling Gibbons, two standing figures in Roman dress with urn between them.
Sir John Thoroton, architect, (1820), plain tablet.
Most of the 18th century monuments were moved to the Belvoir mausoleum.

Breedon-on-the-Hill  -  St Mary and St Hardulph
Francis (1571) & Dorothy (Giffard) Alabaster; sons and daughters hold shields John Shirley (1570) son of Francis & Dorothy. Alabaster by Gabriel Royley of Burton on Trent. Contract survives.
George Shirley (1622) & Frances (Berkeley) (1598) who died in childbirth. Children: George (died in infancy), Henry (1634), Thomas (1654), John (died in infancy) & Mary. The children kneel with their parents while the babies are in cradles. On the tier below lies a cadaver. Alabaster.
 
 Edmondthorpe - St Michael
Sir Roger Smith (1655), two wives, son & grandson. Three effigies of the first generation on rising tiers; demifigure portraits of the others in niches. Large superstructure. Alabaster.
Sir Edward Smith (1707), alias Heriz, hanging monument.
Dame Olivia Smith (1710), as above but grander.
Peter Boundy (1710), Rector. An attempt to make a double 13th century sedilia into a monument to the Rector & his wife during lifetime of both and dates of death ommited.
Edward Smith (1762)
 Kirkby Mallory - All Saints
Incised slab of 1404 or earlier.
Sir William Noel, erected 1679. Semi-reclining figure in armour.
Sir Clobery Noel (1733), hanging monument with two heads in profile in medallions.
Captain Thomas Noel (1756), standing monument with obelisk in relief and trophy in front.
Viscount Wentworth (1774), two urns with tree between.
 Leicester: All Saints (Redundant)
Mathew Simons (1714), bust under canopy with standing putti outside two columns.
Mrs Forrester (1805), female figure kneeling over a sarcophagus by Whitelaw of London.
William Forrester (1843), female figure kneeling over a pedestal with medallion in profile.
Several slate headstones in church yard .
 Nosely St Mary
(church in private hands)
Many incised slabs from 1400 onwards.
Sir Thomas Hasilrige (1629) & Wife; alabaster & pink Derbyshire marble big standing wall monument. Two recumbent effigies on tomb chest with shields and angel columns. Eight boys and six girls kneel above.
Sir Arthur Hasilrige (1660) & Wives; white & black marble, slate & alabaster. Two recumbent effigies with second wife, in window's garb, behind. Twelve children kneel below. On the back wall an oval incription plate with black columns and semi-circular pediment. Attributed to William Wright. This  Sir Arthur was an active Parliamentarian during the Great Rebellion and played a important part in the later days of the Commonwealth.
Lady Hasilrige (1673), hanging monument of black & white marble. Angles hold curtain, inscription plate.
Sir Robert Hasilrige (1712),  hanging monument, fluted pillasters holding a pediment on which cherubs.
Sir Arthur Hasilrige (1763), oval tablet with Rococo swags, by William Cox of Northampton.
 Prestwold - St Andrew
Late 15th century alabaster tomb chest with incised slab and seated with bedesmen and angles holding shields.
Two ladies (1520), alabaster with seated bedesmen around tomb chest; canopy gone.
Sir William Skipworth & Wife (1631), recumbent effigies.
Sir Christopher Packe (1682), standing wall monument with semi reclining figure.
Mrs Francis Andrew (1800) two standing female figures in draped mantles below an urn. By Bacon Jnr.
Major R Packe (1815), with relief of battle scene. By J C F Rossi.
Charles James Packe (1839) with truncated column; by Westmacott Jnr.
Charles Hussey Packe (1842), Gothic tomb chest with recumbent figure of youth in Eton clothes; by Westmacott Jnr.
Marianne P C Packe (1922), bust but this was carved in 1844 (by Westmacott Jnr) and taken from the house as a memorial.
Lt-Col G H Packe (1912), Big standing angle in relief, kneeling and holding up model of the church; also portrait medallion. By Morris-Harding.
Edward Henry Packe (1946), standing terracotta angle by Arnold Machin.
 Fenny Drayton - St Michael
Edward Purefoy (1545) & Wife.  Incised slab on tomb chest with Early Renaissance decoration and weepers.
George Purefoy (1593) & Edward (1594), erected in 1596. Two big arches on attached columns.
George Purefoy (1628) & Wives.Six poster with recumbent effigy on tomb chest surrounded by kneeling children. Above against wall larger kneeling figures of his two wives both facing east
 Leicester: Cathedral - Church of St Martin
Two civilians, incised slab of Tournai marble, once inlaid.
Ancaster stone slab (15th century), four times reused.
John Whatton (1656) & two Wives, busts in niches by Joshua Marshall.
George Newton (1746), three free standing busts on big pedestal.
John Johnson (1814), architect, Rococo standing figure of Hope with anchor, designed by the commemorated and carved by J Bacon.
Rev E T Vaughan (1829), standing figure, Grecian.
King Richard lll (k. 1485), slab erected in 1980, by David Kindersley. The King was buried in Grayfriar's Church in the city following his death at the Battle of Bosworth. His tomb was said to be of alabaster. Both tomb and church destroyed at the Dissolution.
 Lutterworth
Early 15th century alabaster tomb chest with knight/ lady effigies; angels with shields against tomb chest. Under arch at the apex of which is an angel holding a soul in a napkin.
John Fielding (1403) & Wife (1418), brasses.
Civilian & wife, brasses
Many slate headstones in church yard.
 Old Dalby - St John the Baptist
Sir Andrew Noel (1562) & two wives, recumbent effigies on tomb chest against which mourners.
Wife & two husbands (1580), similar tomb chest to above but short, kneeling children at one end.
Andrew Noel (1603) & Wife, recumbent effigies, he on half rolled up mattress.
 Quorndon - St Bartholomew
Several incised slabs from 1501 - 1561.
Thomas Farnham (1574) & family, hanging monument with many kneeling figures.
John Farnham (1587) & Wife, effigies on ornamental tomb chest, battle relief against wall. Inscription. By Epiphanius Evesham.
John Farnham, erected 1817, two standing mourning women by urn. Background is a arch with open door.
Edward Farnham (1835), Italian Gothic style with twisted colonettes and canopies.
Edward Basil Farnham (1879) - the same as above
 Scraptoft - All Saints
A Priest, much defaced.
Sir Edward Wigley (1710) & Wife, two busts against background with two shallow arches.
James Wigley (1765), hanging monument with sarcophagus on which relief of the commemorated supervising tree planting and seated figure of Brittania.
Tablet by William Firmadge of Leicester to his wife and three children (1793): Charity as a mother with children
 Rothley - St Mary & St John the Baptist
Bartholomew Kyngston (1486) & Wife: tomb chest with incised lid. The inscription is his will.
Robert Vaughan (1530) & Wives, incised slab.
Humphrey Babington (1549) & Wife, tomb chest with incised lid. Against chest rebus of baboons holding shields atanding on a tun.
Thomas Babington (1567) & family, hanging monument with many small figures.
Anne Babington (1648), oval niche with demi-figures of husbsnd and wife holding hands. Attibuted to Edward Marshall.
A panel from an Elizabethan monument of two mermaids holding shield with Kyngston arms impaling Sheffington.
In churchyard: headstone to William Hunt (1794) with relief showing collapse of the church on the Day of Judgement. By Hind of Swithland.
 Shepshed - St Botolph
Thomas Dupont (1592) & family, brass plate.
Ambrose Phillipps (1696), Baroque cartouse with cherubs and urn.
Sir Ambrose Phillipps (1706), Baroque wall tablet with cheuibs heads, volutes and crowning urn.
Elizabeth Phillips (1709), Doric pillasters, lamps (not urns), hourglass & cherubs below.
Sir William Phillips (1729),  similar to Sir Ambrose's but with cherubs and no urn. By Robert Taylor the Elder.
Ambrose Phillips (1737), the largest: aedicule surrounded by two Corinthian columns supporting an open pediment. In the tympanum books and writing material and inscription in Latin, a tributed to the commemorated's erudition and interest in classical architecture. Black sarcophagus with big urn. Designed by Robert Taylor, carved by Beresford.
Charles Phillips (1754), inscribed marble tablet
John Phillips (1756), inscribed marble tablet.
Jane Phillips (1761), Neo-classical wall monument: urn in relief with two female figures against an obilisk
Samuel Phillips (1774), similar to Jane's but half-round. By Richard Haywood.
Lady Gordon (1796), widow of above, neo-classical tablet.
Rev William Phillips (1818), neo-classical tablet.
Mrs J H Hamilton (neé Phillips) (1830) Neo-Greek tablet.
The tablets came from the mausoleum at Dishley, where still lie the coffins, in 1845.

 
Ilston
Left: 'Neare this place lyes interd Elizabeth wife of John Nedham Gent and daughter of Richard Kinge of Ashby de la Laund in Lincs Esq. She left 3 sons & 3 daughters and dyed ye 26 Febr Ano Do'i 1639.
Twas' Adams Sinne that laide me in the dust
By virtue of Christ risen, rise I must:
That blessed morne whilst I expecting lye.
Right:
'Henrietta Sophia Butler (1935)
Peatling Magna - All Saints   
  
Above: William Jervis (1614) with wives Ann & Frances
Below: Willaim Jervis (1597) with Katherine He died aged 94. There are 25 children around the tomb chests and 8 swaddled infants; they surround William of the above
Above Far Right: William Jervis (1618) and Elizabeth (Shepperd) Arms on the desk are those of Jervis impaling Shepperd. He married twice more.
     

Skeffington - St Thomas a Becket
Left: Sir John Skeffington, 2nd Bt (1651)
Above: Thomas Skeffington (1600)  & Isabella (Byron) (remains) & right,  drawing of original monument.
Far right: Drawing of incised slab to Thomas Skeffington (1543) & Margaret (Stanhope) (1539) Now only the bottom of the slab is discernible
South Kilworth - St Nicholas
Effigy of a priest
 Stapleford - St Mary Magdalen


Geoffrey Sherard (1492) and Joyce brass with fourteen small standing figures of children.



Above Left: 1st Lord William Sherard of Leitrim (1640) & Lady Abigail (Cave), black & white marble. The tomb chesthas black columns at the corner holding the black covering slab. Eight children kneel at borders of the slab and there are three recumbent infants.
Four busts arranged together: Bennet Sherard, Lord Sherard of Leitrim (1699), son of William Sherard and Abigail Cave (above) and father of Philip Sherard, 2nd Earl of Harborough (1750) Bennet Sherard, and grandfather to: 3rd Earl of Harborough (1770) and Robert Sherard, 4th Earl of Harbourogh (1799)
Also but not shown: 1st Earl of Harborough (1732), half seated, half reclining figure in Roman costume, at his feet Lady Harborough and infant. Grey marble obelisk with busts and arms behind. By Rysbrack.
Tilton-on-the-Hill - St Peter
Sir John Digby (1269) & Wife, recumbent effigies, he cross legged
Sir Everard Digby (1509) Military effigy on tomb chest with shields.
Nichols Family, 1638, hanging monument with small kneeling figures.
Tomb chest with shields (mid - late 17th century)
Thurlaston - All Saints
Hugh Turville (1340) & wife (?) - civilian, cross legged and bearded & lady - sunk relief bust and feet only showing.
Young male, 14th century.
John Turville (1509) & Wife, alabaster effigies on tomb chest with angles holding shields.
At the foot of the above, the lower half of a 15th century incised slab with two figures.
Edward Turvyle (1629) & Wife, two bust in oval niches.
Elizabeth Turvyll (1653), frontal demi-figure, elbow resting on a skull,  in an oval within a aedicule.
Wistow - St Wistan
Sir R Halford (1658), semi-reclining effigy on elbow with at head and foot a kneeling child. On the back wall pilasters, pediment and putti standing outside.
Sir William Halford (1768), tall base above which in relief an urn between two females.
Sir Henry  (1839) - tablet with healer at a sick bed; ; by R Westmacott Jnr. Sir Henry was Royal Physician for George III, George IV, William IV and Queen Victoria.
Lady Halford (1831) - a tablet with praying female figure at base; by R Westmacott Jnr
Sir John Vaughan (1839), a tablet with a seated female figure holding a book marked Leges Angliae at base; by R Westmacott Jnr

 

Thanks to founder-member Sally Badham for the photographs of Bottesford and to Jean McCreanor for all the others

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