Assington  Ampton Blythburgh Boxted  Bramfield Brent Eleigh Brome Elmswell  Brundish Bures  Bury St Edmunds  Dalham  Ellough
Assington - St Edmund
Robert (1577) & Wife and John Gurdon (1623) & Wife Brampton Gurdon (1648) & Two Wives
Ampton - St Peter
Brass of c.1490
pamlimsest of portion of lady of c. 1460
Two sons c. 1490 Brass of c. 1480; probably of the Cockets Brass of c.1480
William Whettell (1628)  by Nicholas Stone. Sir Henry Calthorpe (1638) & Wife by John & Matthias Christmas Dorothy Calthorpe (1693 at 45)
'To the pious memory of Mrs Dorothy Calthorpe, this virgin foundress of the alms house, left this life for a better...'
'A virgin rotary is oft in snares this safely vow'd and made ye poor her heirs'
James Calthorpe (1784)  Attrib. to Bacon. MP for Hindon 1699-1784; he was unmarried and the last of the line.
Blythburgh - All Saints

Sir John Hopton (1478) & Margaret (Saville)(1451)
Tomb of Purbeck marble. Note the collection of ledger stones. Bodies brought from Walberswick
Brent Eleigh - St Mary
Edward Colman by Thomas Dunn (1734)

              Boxted - Holy Tritity

Above: William Poley (1587) & Wife The effigies are of oak, a late use of this material.

Right: Sir John (1638) (erected late 17th C) & Dame Abigail Poley (erected 1725 and is less elaborate than the former and of alabaster)

Bramfield - St Andrew

Above & left: Arthur Coke (1629) & Wife by Nicholas Stone. She holds her dead baby.

Brome - St Mary
Brome is difficult to find. From the A140, turn east signed posted Brome; then at the first crossroads do not carry straight on - which looks the obvious way - but rather turn left on a 'yellow' road which has no signpost, at least when we visited. Brome is a straggly village and the church is soon on the right.
Church is open and you can park in the road outside although there is little space. Very dark interior. O/S Ref: TM 146 764

Sir Thomas Cornwallis (1604) & Anne (Jerningham).  Eldest son of Sir John (below). They were supporters of Mary II (Tudor); he was Comptroller of the Royal Household as well as Treasurer of Calais. Later he was accused of selling Calais to the French and imprisoned for many years, although this charge was probably political in origin.

Sir John Cornwallis (1544) . and Mary (Suilliard) Steward to the household of Prince Edward (later Edward VI)

Frederick, 1st Baron Cornwallis (1662) He was granted the honour from Charles II upon their return from exile, but clearly did not live long to enjoy it. Lady Elizabeth Cornwallis (1681 ) Married Charles, 3rd Baron Cornwallis,  at 18, had four sons and died at 25.

St Lawrence
'Under this grave entombed lieth a man of noble fame, a souldier to the prince was he. John Colby night his name. He lived forty years and nyne, in credit with the best and died such as here yow see, his soul in heven doth rest The 29 of November in AD 1599'
'Here lieth buried the bodies of John Colby esquire and Alice his wife who had issue between them 4 sonnes & nine daughters and ye said John deceased in Ano 1540 and Alice his wife deceased Ano 1560'
Edmund de Burnedisshe (1360) Parson of Castrre (Castor) The insciption is in Norman French
Francis Colby (1599) and Margery (Wentworth) (1528). His brass is now in possession of Philadelphia Museum of Art    'If life in God and like of good, yf love of Christ, and eke his word. Yf strif with vice, as fire with wood, if death with faith; in th'only Lord are tokens sure of endless bliss, which God prepared, has for his. Then Thomas Glenham here doth lye who rests with Christ in heaven hye.'
St Mary's

Above : Knight, cross legged early 14th C. Oak (under north window)
Right: Tomb chest (small) with with shields in cusped foils
Sir William Waldegrave (1613) & Wife (1681) base with columns and pediments. Children kneel on N side (south chapel)
Also in south chapel: Tomb chest with shields on lozenges. Indents of brasses on lid
In Chancel: Founder's monument: Tomb chest with indents of brasses

Stephen's Chapel
(One mile north-east)

These monuments were originally in Earl's Colne Prior, Essex, the church where the De Vere Earls of Oxford were buried.  They were moved here in the 1930's The lithographs are taken from Chancellor's Essex.

Top Left: Robert de Vere, 3rd Earl of Oxford (attribution in Chancellor) c 1300 The tomb chest does not belong.

Top Right: Thomas de Vere, 8th Earl of Oxford (attribution in Chancellor) c1370 Alabaster. Note the deVere arms of stars on the 'jupon'. The tomb chest is said to have been wider originally and held 2 effigies.

Lower Left: Richard de Vere, 9th Earl of Oxford (attribution in Chancellor) c 1420 Alabaster

Lower Right: Alice de Vere, wife of the 9th Earl (attribution in Chancellor) c 1420 Alabaster

The above two effigies appear to now be resting on the same tomb chest, although it is difficult to deduce how this comes about from the lithographs! The elevation of the tomb chest certainly indicates this. I will have a look eventually.

Coffin lid mid 12th C lower half showing flatly carved legs. Said to be Alberic de Vere, Great Chamberlain
Bury St Edmunds
Park in the modestly priced car park near the churches. Entrance to the Cathedral, to St Mary's and to the Abbey grounds is free; photography is allowed and thereare no charges. The churches and the abbey ruins are adjacent
Cathedral Church of St James
The cathedral is a cathedral of the Modern Foundation, the see being founded in 1914. Prior to this it was a medieval parish church, although the choir was rebuilt in 1867. The cathedral was further enlarge 1960-1970 The original church was built by the monks, it is said, so that the townsfolk did not worship in the abbey nave, because of hostility between them and the monks.
Mrs Reynolds (1736) James Reynolds (1738) Chief Justice of the Exchequer. Black and white marble
St Mary's Church
 Sir William Carew (1501) & Wife
Sir Robert Drury (1536) & Wife. He was Speaker of the House of Commons. Canopy lost.  John Barat (1467) Cadaver effigy which hold the inscription shown below
'He that will sadly behold one with his ie, May se hys owyn merowr and lerne for to die.' There are other inscriptions on the tomb chest, e.g: 'Thus erthe on to erthe to gedir now is knet, So endeth each creature Q'd John Baeret, Qwerfor ze pepil in weye of charite.'  On the side of the tomb chest can be seen the figure of John Barat in life wearing his SS collar and holding a scroll with the words, 'Grace me Governe'. John Baret was a wealthy clothier and founded a chantry chapel to contain his tomb, the roof is painted in a repeated pattern with this latter inscription and the deceased's monogram surrounded by the SS collar .

A French Queen Brasses

Mary Tudor (1533) Sister of Henry VIII; She married first Louis XII of France (who was the widower of Ann of Brittany who herself was the widow of Louis's cousin Charles VIII) and then, on his death,  Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, at first in secret. She was the grandmother of Lady Jane Gray. She was first buried in the Abbey  and at the dissolution her remains were moved here. The photographs show the grave and wall plaques. The original tomb top was placed over her new grave.

Above: Jankyn Smith (1481) & Ann. Brass He built the chancel aisle and was supposed to have given the town the Guildhall
Right: Archdeacon John Fyners (1509) brass Archdeacon of Sudbury

Wall Monuments

Above far left & right:
General view of wall monuments, presumably resited at west end of north aisle.
Above Left: Anna Martini (1732)
Above Centre:
James Oakes (1829) & Elizabeth (1802)
Above Right:
Joshua Grigby (1771) 'A Lawyer of unblemished integrety' Also his wife Mary Tubby (1767)
Edward William Lake (1922) Six times mayor
Lt Col Collier Coldstream Guards. Dow fighting the French 1814 aged 31
The Abbey
The Abbey is in a ruinous state. There are several modern slabs covering the graves of early abbots in the chapter house (one is below shown left) and many18th and 19th century mostly now illegible wall monuments are fixed to the outside walls of the old charnal house; this building is railed off and locked.

Ordingus (1148-1156)
Samson (1182-1210) shown
Richard of the Island (1229-1233)
Henry of Rushbroke (1233-1248)
Edmund of Walpole (1248-1261)

Weathered and illegible wall monuments

The tombstone to the right reads:

Left: 'Ann Spink'. Right:  'Reader, pause at this humble stone <that> records the fall of unguarded youth by the allurements of vice and the treacherous snares of seduction. Sarah Lloyd on the 23rd of April 1800 in the 22nd year of her age suffered a just but ignominious death for admitting her abandon <seducer> into the dwelling house of her mistress in the night of 3rd October 1799 and becoming the instrument in his hands of the crimes of robbery and house burning. These were her last words: "May my example be a warning to Thousands."'


Left: The wall monument to the far left reads: '_ Elizabeth _'; next, 'John Boldero' and that to the far right, 'William _'.

 'Henry Cockton author of 'Valentine Vox', 'Sylvester Sound', 'The Love Match' and other works. His remains were interred in this church yard June 30 1853. No stone marks his resting place. A few admirers of his genius raised this tablet to his memory AD 1884. His works are his best monuments'


The tablet on the far left reads: 'Captain Bartholomew Gosnold explorer and prime mover behind the first permanent settlement in North American at Jamestown Virginia where he died 22 August 1609. Also his familiy buried in this churchyard. His wife Mary (d 1665) Her parents Robert and Martha Golding (d 1611 and 1614) and his daughter Martha (d 1598) Hence Martha's Vinyard 1602.'
The next tablet reads: 'Margaret ...Spink (1700)'

St Mary

Sir Martin Stuteville (1631)
and his two wives
Their children kneel in the 'predella' below
Ellough - All Saints 
 ' Heer lyeth buryd Margret Chewt the faithful loving wife of Arthur Chewt gentleman daughter to Christofer Playters esquire whoe died at the age of 85 in Februarie 1607

 Above: Rev Richard Aldous Arnold (1877) & Charlotte (Munnings) (1832)

 Unknown lady c 1520 
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