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Cartmel - Priory
The Priory Church of St Mary the Virgin at Cartmel
Cartmel Priory was founded in 1188 by William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke, as a Augustinian Priory

John (1875) Clerk and Mary (1877) Greenwood. Their daughter, Jane (1847) aged 13; and their granddaughter, Mary Jane Greenwood (1858) aged 1 Sir Thomas Lowther (1745) Edward Robinson (1685), clerk. His sons by his wife Ann, George Robinson (1683), and William (167_) Christopher Preston (1591) and his son, John (1579). By his wife Ann (Benson) the latter had a son, George Preston (1640). Next George's family are listed and his being a benefactor to the church

Left: 'The Harrington Tomb isalmost certainly that of First Lord Harrington (1347) and his wife, possibly Joan; their effigies lie on the tomb chest, he in armour of the time  Note the frieze of Bedesmen, crouching and reading, along the base of the tomb chest, the figures and shields carved on the supports, and the figure of Christ in Majesty and other figures atop the canopy. On the other side is a representation of the Coronation of the Virgin.

Below and in front of the Harrington tomb  is the effigy of a canon on a later tomb chest.

The description of this monument in Pevsner 'The Buildingsof England: North Lancashire (pp 89-90) is rather flowery and not particularly helpful.

Above centre :Lord Frederick Charles Cavendish (1881) White marble effigy on alabaster tomb chest, by Thomas Woolner 1885

Above right:
The lettering is intermittently faded here by I can just about make out Dame Katherine Lowther (1700) Is this the monument described by Pevsner (Ibid. P 90)? If so, he also refers to Sir William Lowther (1705) as well and 'busts' rather than 'bust'. He refers to the two putti and urn but not to the faming urns etc. I really need further information before I can interpret this.  I cannot make out the inscription if the tomb on the left, nor is it referred to in Pevsner.

More Monuments
Prior William of Walton (1292) Slab with cross and Lombardic lettering
James Newby (1834)
With a big draped urn, by Fawcett of Liverpool
Gray Rigge JP & DL (1857)
and his wife, Sarah (Moore) (1853). Their eldest son, Henry Fletcher Rigge JP & DL (1887). And his son, Gray Grayrigge JP (1885), Cpt King's Own Royal Lancaster Reg. Rosette Margaret (Machell) Rigge (1905), wife of Henry Fletcher Rigge. Robert Stockdale Rigge JP (1820), son of Gray Grayrigge. Gray Grayrigge (1931), eldest son of the latter. Lolita (1961) wife of Robert Stockdale Grayrigge. Her son, Fletcher Grayrigge (1967) Large white tablet with arms.
There are several wall monuments about which I have no information

Didsbury - St James
Didsbury is a suburb of Manchester; St James in Skinner Lane is the parish church

Sir Nicholas Mosley (1612)
with two wives (Margaret Whitbroke) and (Elizabeth Rookes) and two sons, Rowland & Edward. Alabaster
The parish church of Garstand  - St Helens - is actually at Kirkland; it is a medieval church. St Thomas, which is in the town, is late 18th and late 19th centuries. I do not know which of these the monuments are in. I suspect the incised slab is in the medieval church and the other monuments in the later church, but this needs to be confirmed.

Incised slab with cross, sword and shield

William Bell MD (1870) White ablet with gable on blsck black base; erected 1882.

'Given in memory of those who died and suffered in the 1984 Abbeystead Disaster, including our friends Albert and Edna Tomlinson.' Brass.

† This was a methane explosion at a water works which killed sixteen people and injured many more. Remember methane is what coal miners dread and call fire damp; it is also what is piped to your house for your central heating and cooking purposes.
Heysham - St Peter

13th century slab with cross, sword and ?

Middleton - St Leonard
Alice (Assheton) (1531) originally with her three husbands: Richard Radclyffe, John Laurence (killed at Flodden), and Thomas Bothe. There are no children indicated. Master Edmund Assheton (1522) Rector Ralph Assheton (1650) Parliamentary soldier who fought in the Battle of Preston but opposed the excution of the King

Ribchester - St Wilfred
Incised slab of Adam de Clitherow and Lady

Warrington - St Elphin
Warrington is a northern industrial town, at one time the first crossing point of the Mersey, so settled in early times and with a medieval parish church. Although on the north bank of the river it is now in Cheshire. The church is on the outskirts of town.
Above: Alicia Boteler Under modern arch, north wall of north chapel. Stone early 14th century
Above right: Sir John Fitzjohn Boteler (1463) and Margaret Stanley. Alabaster. his feet rest on a dog, hers on two. Tomb chest is alabaster: north side Holy Trinity, male saints and shields; south side BVM, female saints and shields; west side crucifixion, BVM crowned, giving girdle to St Thomas and angel with shield; east side is a later stone panel with heraldic motifs.
There are a number of 18 and 19th century monuments for which information would be gratefully received.

Thanks to Jean McCreanor and Richard Collyer for sending me the illustrations and information. The Warrington photographs were taken by me in the 1980's
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