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Framlingham - St Michael
Church is open. You can park in the market place near the church; this is free but limited to one hour. There may be other free parking places nearby O/S Ref: TM 285 635

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1547), son of the 3rd Duke, and his wife Frances (de Vere), daughter of the 15th Earl of Oxford. Their two sons and three daughters kneel at the Head and foot of the tomb. Painted alabaster; made in 1614.
See below.


Above: Elizabeth, daughter of 4th Duke (1560) 
Small tomb chest with now blank shields; no indication of an effigy.

Right: Mary Fitzalan (1540 - 1557) and Margaret Audley (1540 - 1564) First two wives of the Fourth Duke of Norfolk. One rests her feet on a stag, the other a dragon. His third wife was Elizabeth Dacre who died giving birth to a daughter (whose tomb is shown above) who also died. In fact his first two wives had also died in childbirth. Scanty remains of a canopy.

It his possible that the Fourth Duke had intended for his effigy to lie between that of his two wives but he was executed (see below)and buried in the Church of St Peter ad Vincula in the grounds of the Tower of London
After the death of the Duke, the family moved to Arundel and the family name of Howard was changed to Fitxalan Howard

Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond (1536) - illegitimate son of Henry VIII and Elizabeth Blount, & his wife Lady Mary Howard (1557), sister to the Earl of Surrey, is companion  Tomb chest with fluted pilasters and shields between. Above frieze of stories from Genesis. No effigies. The four figures standing at the corners hold instruments of the passion: that holding a hammer is shown in detail. He was a double dukedom by the king as well as several appointed to several offices of state Sir Robert Hitcham (1636) He bought the castle from the Howards in 1635 and bequeathed them to Pembroke College, Cambridge, his former college. Signed by Francis Griggs 1638. Member of Parliament and judge; a notable philanthropist, he neither married nor fathered any children.

Thomas Howard II, 3rd Duke of Norfolk (1554)

and his first wife Anne of York (1511), daughter of Edward IV

The fourteen figures in the niches around the tomb chest include those of the Apostles. He fought at the Battle of Flodden with this father, the 2nd Duke.

Jane Kerridge (Porter) (1744) and her only child, Cecilia Kerridge (1747)
By Roubiliac
Mary Porter (1696) & children:
Richard (1691, 7 weeks), Richard (1775, 18 months), John (1669, 3), Charles (1669, 4 months), Mary (1669), John (1673, 3), Robert (1673, 2), Sarah (1679,4), Elizabeth (1679, 10), Elizabeth (-). Added below her husband, Richard (1701)
A surviving daughter, Jane, responsible for the monument
Edward Alpe (1714)
and his sons:
Francis (1692), Edward (1700)
Added later:
Alice (1720), wife & Frederick (1726), son
Thomas (1664) & Elizabeth Alexander (1654)
and their children:
Thomas (1658), John (1660), Joseph (1644) & Elizabeth (1633)
Benjamin Hatcher (1778), Thomas Pretyman (1781) surgeon, & Jane Hall younger daughter of Thomas & Ann Pretyman; and of her son George John Bicker (1836) perpetual curate, 'buried at his own request in the wall of the school room he built...'
Sarah (1823) his first wife, buried at Bruisyard
Sarah (1835) his second wife, buried along side him
Left: Medieval slab with foliated cross in low relief.
Above from left to right: Leger Stones: 1.
Edmund Goodwin MD (1829), Jasper Pierson (1838), Mary, daughter of  William Edwards (1837); 2. Mary Coggleshale (1726) @17: 3. John Browne (1693) @ 32, Ann Gibb (1783) @ 54; 4. Elizabeth Browne (1732) @ 28 and her 3 sons who died in infancy: Bryckwood, Tyrrell & William; John Browne (1735) @ 42, presumable the husband; 5. Henry Mead Ogle (1825) of  Drogheda, Ireland, representative in parliament of his native town.6. Thomas Alexander the elder (1664), Elizabeth Alexander (1772) 7. Thomas Alexander (1658) 'of Grayes Inne', son of Thomas and Elizabeth

Those Dastardly Dukes of Norfolk


Historical dramas set in the Tudor period all seem to feature a 'Duke of Norfolk', usually a rather unpleasant character. Are they the same person? Probably not and this brief piece will help to clarify the matter.

The First Howard, Duke of Norfolk was John (the 'Jockey of Norfolk') supporter of Richard III and who, like Richard, was killed at the Battle of Bosworth.

He son Thomas, the Second Duke, was the victor of the Battle of Flodden where the Scots king, James IV was killed; he was buried in Thetford Priory, Norfolk, but this tomb was lost at the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

The Third Duke, Thomas II,  whose monument is shown above, strongly opposed  Cardinal Wolsey but, being much less able, failed to take Wolsey's place on the latter's death as he had hoped.  He presided over the trial and death sentence of Anne Boleyn, even thought she was his niece and the evidence for her guilt dubious to say the least.  He gained much from the Dissolution of the Monasteries. He allied himself with Gardiner and the old prelates against Thomas Cromwell to prevent an alliance with the German protestants; his niece was Catherine Howard whom he used as a pawn against Cromwell and who became Henry's 5th wife. She however was executed for adultery and Henry, now under the influence of his sixth wife Catherine Parr and Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford (brother of Jane; later Protector Somerset), favoured the reforming party so Norfolk was marginalized.

His son - Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey - was tried for treason, having been accused of plotting to set aside Prince Edward and claiming the throne himself, as well as for quartering his arms with the (attributed) royal arms of Edward the Confessor, an act that had been forbidden by the College of Arms. There was no evidence for the former but there was for the latter so both Surrey and his father were arrested on the orders of an increasingly paranoid Henry VIII imprisoned and sentenced to death. Surrey was executed in 1547 but the Duke escaped execution as King Henry died the day before this was to be carried out; he remained imprisoned but was released following Mary's ascension in 1553. The Duke was first buried in All Hallows, Barking in Tower Street but his body was moved here by his son who erected the monument in 1614. The father had testified against his son at the trial.

The Fourth Duke (Thomas Howard III, son of Henry, Earl of Surrey above) was involved in plots against Elizabeth I, in which he was to marry Mary Stuart (Mary Queen of Scots) .For his part in the Ridolfi plot of 1571, which involved his marriage to Mary, Spanish invasion and deposition and murder of Elizabeth, he was executed.


St John the Baptist
Fressingfield - St Peter & St Paul Gazeley - All Saints

Above: Willliam Brewes (Brewse) & Elizabeth (Hopton) c1489

Left: Sir Robert Gardener (1619) At his feet, unusually, a rhinocerous. At the base of the monuments, again unusually, lie his robes and armour.

John Blennerhasser (1510), Wife and Sons. Indents of brass. See also Frenze, Norfolk

Edmund Heigham (1604) & Alice Pierson (1599)
Ixworth - St Mary
The church is open during daylight hours. You can park outside the church
O/S Ref: TL 932 704

Richard Coddington (1567) ) Elizabeth (Jenour)

Above: Jonathan Hawes (1780), his wife, Elizabeth (1773). Elizabeth Dw____ (1811), their daughter.

John Norton (1597)

__ Boldero (1829) Brother of Hester Boldero.

Right: John Boldero AM (1751) Latin inscription. The notes say he also received a BA and became vicar of Fen Drayton (1707) and later rector of Clipstone, Northamptonshire.

Above: Hester Boldero (1809)

Right: George Boldero (1761); Roger Boldero __ his relatives; 'Roger Boldero Himself' (1794); his wife, Elizabeth (1773); his sister, Anne (1779); his son, Roger (1766); his daughter, Elizabeth (1766); his son, George (1818); and Hester (1835), relictof the last named G.eorge.
Above left: ELIZT  WELLS (1853). Above right: A stone in memory of three children of the Rev John (curate) and Maria Lamb: John (1787, 4 years), William (1784, 1 month) and Harriet (1788, 2 months). Right: The top stone's incription is in Latin and English. George & Anne Bol(dero) 1672. At the base is written: 'which two bodies here dost_ waiting for God's judgment. Below is a ledger stone with Latin incription, which refers to Simon & George Boldero (1701 & 1737), both lawyers. Both insciptions worn in places.
There are other stones which I have not recorded
Other Monuments
1. Richard Thomas Cartwright (1824) and his wife, Elizabeth (1801) Light stone tablet with columns on dark stone base with pediment
2. Frances Cartwright (1865). 'The south windows of the chancel were erected in her memory'. And her husband Richard Norton Cartwright (1852) The may be painted to look like a brass but could not be examined closely.
3. Brigadier-General Garnier Norton Cartwright  CMO DSO (1944) Brass with raised letters.
4. Rev George Boldero AM (1836)
Perpetual curate here for 30 years. Eldest son of George and Hester. White tablet on black base with gable
5. Elizabeth Wells (1833)
and her husband Rev Edward Cornish Wells MA. He was ten years incumbent of this parish and buried at Bury St Edmunds. White tablet on black base with gable.
6. William Drake (1902)
Carpenter. Brass on wooden base

Helmingham - St Mary Keddington
St Peter & St Paul
Long Melford
Holy Trinity
Marlesford - St Andrew

Above left top: S
ir Lionel Tollemache Dated 1729. He semi-reclines in Roman costume and his grieving wife sits at his feet.
Above left bottom:
Lionel Tollemache (1640)
Above right:
Lionel Tollemache (1605) who kneels in the upper compartment. Three other Lionels - father, grand father and great grandfather - kneel in arches below. This monument has a very long epitaph.
There are monuments to other members of the family in the church

Sir Thomas (1503) & Lady Barnardiston shown foreground
Sir Thomas & Lady Barnardison (1520) Recumbent effigies on plain tomb chest; children kneeling against side. Back wall with arms.
Sir Thomas Barnardison (1610) & Two Wives He recumbent, the  Wives kneel facing each other. Big superstructure. Below low arch into which coffin is being pushed.
Grissell (1609) daughter of above. She keels between two columns (partly visible in background)
Sir Nathaniel Barnardison (1653) & Wife (1669) Two frontal demi-figures, both resting heads on a hand and elbow on a pillow.
Sir Thomas Barnardson (1724) Two standing putti holding skull and torch

Sir William Cordell (1580) Speaker and Master of the Rolls. Alabaster.
There are many monuments to the Clopton family in the Clopton Chapel

William Alston (1641) & Avis (Pitman)

Lavenham - St Peter  St Paul
Henry Coopinger (1622) and his family Clopton d'Ewes (1631) Fothergill Frost (1727)
Other Monuments
'Decayed tomb chest with pitched roof' No further details are given
Thomas Spryng II (1486) Brass with 'Kneeling figures'  No further details are given
Allaine Dister (1534) Wall insciption brass. 'A clothier virtuous.'
Letheringham - St Mary
Sir John Wingfield (1389) Sir John Wingfield (1481)
Figures from Jacobean monument
Milden - St Peter Nettlestead - St Mary Redgrave
St Mary the Virgin
Sotherton - St Andrew

 James Allington (1625) Alabaster  


Samuel Sayer (1625) & Wife shown
Knight (c1500) Brass

Nicholas Bacon & Anne Butts By Nicholas Stone in 1616; the architectural parts by  Bernard Jenssen to Stone's design. shown
Anne Butts (1609) brass in the medieval tradition.
Dorothy, Lady Gawdy (1621) simple oval tablet by Nicholas Stone.
Bacon tablets of 1660 (Anne Butts) & 1685; style of Nicholas Stone
Sir John Holt, Chief Justice (1710) He sits in the centre, flanked by Justice and Vigilence. On the cornice putti groups. By Thomas Green of Camberwell

Walter de Bernham (1327)  More than life size

 St Margaret
St Nicholas
Stoken by Nayland - St Mary
Fanny Watts (1921) Inscribed 'Fanny my beloved wife Vivet in Aeternum Amor, Leonard Watts'. By Paul Montford. In churchyard Thomas Jermyn (1692) shown
Sir Robert Danvers (1722) gray sarcophagus below broken pediment.
Left: Sir Francis Mannock (1634) alabaster  Right: Lady Ann Windesor (1615) alabaster
Many other monuments in the church

 Sotterley - St Margaret
Jane Playters
see left
Left: Sir Thomas Playter (1638) knight & bt, with his two wives: Ann (Swan) (1594) & Anne (Browne)

Edward Marshall and erected 1658.

Below kneel 21 children and lies one baby; one of the little girls turns round and makes a face at her sister. Black and white marble.

William Playters (1512) & Jane (Jenney) His brass is lost; hers is shown right

Thomas Playters (1578) English Inscription

Thomasen (Tyrell) wife of William Playters (1578) English inscription.

Thomas Playters (1479) & Anne (Denays) (1479) English inscription

Sir Thomas Sotterley (Soterie) (1468)

Christopher Playters (1547) The inscription in English refers to two wives but they are not represented

Spexhall - St Peter Stowlangtoft - St George

Silvester Browne (1593).
The lowest inscription is to her daughter Mary Downinge (1601)

Paul d'Ewes by John Johnson (1624)

Syleham - St Margaret
The church was dedicated to  St Margaret of Scotland but at some point was rededicated to St Mary, although the local people still referred to it as St Margaret's; the bishop confirmed  the original dedication to St Margaret as late as 2008. The church is one of 68 churches to have a round tower. It is north-west of the village along the yellow road. Church open. O/S Ref: TM 265 790

Mrs Bridget Lambe (1735)  and her elder sister, Mrs Anne Lambe (1741) Anthony Barry (1741/2) Anne Barry (1808) and her elder sister Isabella Barry (1825)

Other Monuments
Katharine Anne Napier (Gooch) (2004) Gray marble with arms
Mrs Amoret Fitz Randolph Leader (1996) and Lt Col John Temple Bouverie Leader (2008) White marble with arms
Alfred Read (1865), his wife Elizabeth Manby (1885), eldest daughter, Elizabeth (1839) aged 18, 2nd daughter Sarah (1844) aged 17. Mar Kate (1863) daughter of John & Sophia Read, aged 4. Black & white tablet.
Rev Augustus Cooper (1877) 54 years incumbent of Billingford, Norfolk. His wife John Maria Cooper (1868) Eldest daughter Mary (1843), Annette age 3, Catherine, their infant daughter.

Wingfield - St Andrew
Very small village with less than 350 inhabitants. Church is open; park outside. Very light interior.
Excellent pub (The de la Pole Arms) opposite the church: good food and then you may park in the car park. Fish Friday highly recommended
O/S Ref: TM 230 768

Sir John Wingfield (1361) The effigy rests on a tomb chest with four quatrefoils enclosing shields; above crocketed ogee arch. Note that the shields are actually plain, having lost their painting long ago; however painted card shields have been very skillfully inserted over the blank shields in recent times.

Sir John planned to build a large church at Wingfield and this was carried out by his widow, Alianore. The couple had one child - a daughter Katherine - who married Michael de la Pole, by now the 1st Earl of Suffolk, the estate thus passing to the de la Pole family, a brief history of which may be found below.

Stothard's etching (see below) shows some of the colouring on this effigy but it was very faint in his time and is now virtually non-existent.

The monument may well have been originally in its own chantry chapel (the site of which is now the vestry) but was moved to the present position when this chapel fell into decay.


Michael de la Pole, 2nd Earl of Suffolk (1415) & Katherine (de Stafford), Countess of Suffolk (1376).
The effigies are, unusually for the date, of wood and rest on a tall tomb chest against whose north side are three sedilia. Gabled niches on the south & west sides, now empty of statues..

He was the son of the 1st Earl and Katherine, daughter of  Sir John Wingfield above. He travelled with Henry V in the invasion of France but died early of dysentery at the siege of Harfleur.

Alabaster effigies on tomb chest with five shields in quatrefoils.

The second Duke was the master time-server, who married the sister of Edward IV and whose son - John, Earl of Lincoln made a bid for the throne; the latter John had been designated his heir by Richard III after the death of his son, the alternative possible heir, Edward, Earl of Warwick, son of his executed brother, George Duke of Clarence, was considered too young to inherit the throne.

John de la Pole, 5th Earl and 2nd Duke of Suffolk (1442-1491)
Elizabeth of York (1444 - 1503+), Sister of Edward IV.

Below are reproduction Charles Stothard's etchings of the monuments at Wingfield; he reported at the time of his drawing that the polychrome was in poor condition: it has now almost disappeared.

John de la Pole, 5th Earl and 2nd Duke of Suffolk (1442-1491)  and  Elizabeth of York (1444 - 1503+), Sister of Edward IV.

Medieval Upstarts
The de la Poles - Merchants, Financiers, Barons, Earls, Marquises, Dukes and Kings Nearly

William de la Pole (  -1366)
was a wealthy merchant and financier from Hull, who financed the government of the day and became the first mayor of that city.

Michael, 1st Earl of Suffolk (1330 - 1389) was the son of the Hull merchant.  He fought in Scotland and  in the 100 years war, serving under the Black Prince. He negotiated the marriage of Richard II to Anne of Bohemia. From 1383 he was chancellor and adviser to Richard II; he was promoted to baron in 1366 and to earl in 1385.  He enriched himself by not always honorable means.

In the 'Wonderful Parliament' of 1386, he was impeached on charges of corruption and negligence and his dismissal was demanded. He was sentenced to imprisonment (in Corfe Castle), fined heavily and some of his lands forfeited. However when the parliament ended, Richard released him and he again became one of the royalist party and the King's closest adviser. But  in 1388 the 'Lords Apellant' - the baronial opposition to Richard II - charged him with treason and he was condemned to death and forfeiture of his title and lands. He managed to flee to the continent where he died in exile.
He married Catherine the daughter and heiress of Sir John de Wingfield (see his effigy above).

Michael, 2nd Earl of Suffolk  (1361-1415)  - see effigies above -was the eldest son of the 1st Earl but, because of his father's disgrace, did not succeed to the title on the latter's death although the earldom was later restored to him in 1391. He sailed to France with King Henry V but died of dysentery at the siege of Harfleur.

Michael, 3rd Earl of Suffolk (1394-1415) was the eldest son of the second earl. He served with his father at Harfleur and succeeded to the title on the latter's death there but did not enjoy the earldom for long as he was killed at the Battle of Agincourt later that same year.

William, 4th Earl and 1st Marquis & 1st Duke of Suffolk (1396-1450)  was the second son of Michael the 2nd Earl, succeeding to the title on his elder brother's death. He fought and held posts in France under Henry V and later, following the King's death, under Henry's brother, John Duke of Bedford, now Regent of France. He surrendered to Joan of Arc and was a prisoner for a while. He was released following the payment of a ransom and continued campaigning in France.

On his return to England in 1431 he joined the court and became an ally of Cardinal Beauford of the 'peace party', his long experience of war probably convincing him that peace was the wisest way forward. He negotiated the marriage of Henry VI to Margaret of Anjou but a secret clause was  put into the agreement to surrender the English possessions of Anjou and Maine as part of a truce between the antagonists. He stood proxy for Henry in a marriage ceremony in France and escorted the King's new bride to England. He was now promoted to marquis.  In 1435, following the death of the Duke of Bedford and the reconciliation of the Duke of Burgundy, who had been an ally of the English, with the French King, the tide now turned in the favour of the French. 

On the death of both his rival Humphrey Duke of Gloucester, Henry V's brother (whom he was said to have murdered), and Cardinal Beauford in 1447, Suffolk became the power behind the throne. Henry VI was a weak king who also seemed to suffer from some mental disorder and  had come to the throne as an infant.  These factors probably led to Henry being  ruled by his favourites, the role of the King's Council being much reduced in its power. This led to much resentment and the cause of bitter rivalry at court. The Wars of the Roses were about to begin. Richard, Duke of York, who had been the commander in France and whose influence was now increasing, was packed off to Ireland by Suffolk who then replaced him in France with the Duke of Somerset. Somerset's lack of ability as a commander contributed to the loss of Normandy.

In 1450 Suffolk was promoted to the Dukedom but later that year was impeached, being blamed for the loss of the French possessions and corrupt government at home; he had certainly greatly enriched himself.  He was exiled by Henry VI but, on attempting to cross the Channel, his craft  was intercepted by the ship Nicholas of the Tower; he was taken aboard a small boat and beheaded by 'six strokes of a rusty sword'. He body was thrown onto the beach at Dover. This murder may have been organised by the Duke of York  but remains an unsolved mystery. Although he is said to have been buried at Wingfield, there is certainly no monument there and another source states that he may have been buried at Hull.

He married Alice Chaucer - granddaughter of the poet - whose magnificent monument remains at Ewelme, Oxfordshire.

There is an old English Ballad (possibly a version of Child Number 170) which appears to refer to his death and in which he is referred to as The Duke of Cotton - his birthplace in Suffolk.

John, 5th Earl and 2nd Duke of Suffolk (1442-1491) - see effigies above - was the only son of William, the 1st Duke. He was restored to the Dukedom by Henry VI but nevertheless sided with the Yorkist and fought at the 2nd Battle of St Albans. On the death of Edward IV- whose sister he married - he supported Richard III and, following the latter's death at Bosworth, swore fealty to Henry VII! His disputes with the Paston family are well recorded in the famous Paston Letters, where he is portrayed unfavourably. A master time server indeed.

John, Earl of Lincoln  (1464-1487 ) was the first son of the Second Duke. Richard III's young son Edward, had died in 1484 so the King needed to find an heir to the throne. The candidates were his two nephews: John, Earl of Lincoln, son of his sister, and Edward, Earl of Warwick, son of his executed brother, George, Duke of Clarence. The latter - later himself executed by Henry VII on no valid charge - was still a child so John was selected. He fought with Richard at Bosworth but Henry VII had no wish to alienate the de la Pole family so he was granted office by the new King. However, with his eye still on the throne, he joined the Lambert Simnel rebellion in 1487 and was killed at the Battle of Stoke - the last battle of the Wars of the Roses.

Edmund, 6th Earl of Suffolk (1472-1513) was the second son of the Second Duke and attained his majority during the reign of Henry VII. However his inheritance was affected by the act of attainder passed against his elder brother, The Earl of Lincoln. He agreed with the King to revert to the title of Earl and the King restored a portion of his forfeited property in return for a substantial annual fee. In 1501 he heard the Emperor Maximilian would help any of the Yorkist bloodline regain the English throne; he visited Maximilian but this scheme subsequently came to nothing. He was condemned with his brothers and others in 1504. He returned to England in 1506 and remained unmolested but was excepted from a general pardon by Henry VIII and executed in 1513. His younger brother Richard continued the claim to the throne until his death at the Battle of Pavis in 1525. 

Some Brass Matrices & A Ledger Stone

A Priest A Priest; the lower part of this matrix is covered by furniture Unknown These three have been reset into the floor of the room below the tower. The first is to: Richard de la Pole (1403), son of Michael de la Pole, Earl of Suffolk, presumably the second earl. The others are indecipherable/ Ledger stone: Margaret Stanhaw (Cornwallis) 1704

St Mary
Worlingham - All Saints 
Thomas Seckford (1587) Tomb chest with open arcade; no effigy
Ieoffrey Pitman (1627) & Two Wives & Two Sons shown
Above: Robert Bernard Sparrow (1805) died and was buried in Tobago; his only son Robert Acheson Bernard St John Sparrow (1818 & 19) Above: Mrs Parnell Duke (Rouse) (1637) & daughter Mrs Anne Duke (1698) Incription below
Right: Nycholas Wrenne & Mary (Coe) (1511)
'An epitaph on Mrs Parnell Rous alias Duke wife to John Duke of Worlingham, in the County of Suff. Esqre made ye 22th. Aprill 1637.
A Rous by Birth; by Marriage made a Duke; Christ'ned Parnell, she liu'd without Rebuke;
She di'd most St: Like, now take All Together, She was unparallel'd. So lives for ever.'
'An Epitaph on the Dovelike Virgin Mrs. Anne Duke daughter to ye before nam'd persons made ye 10th Jan. A.D. 1698.
A Virgin here doth lie a Duke by name No soule more spotles none more quitt from blame
Now her Reward she hath her spouse doth see Endles her joyes and her Felicity
Divine her life was, modest and sincere. Untouch't by vice; her actions pure and clear
Kept as she hath her soul from what's amisse even so for ever ow it rests in blisse.'

With many thanks to Dr D and Mrs J Kelsall and to Jean McCreanor for kindly providing most of the photographs in this section. Those of Bury, Framlingham and Wingfield- and the history lessons - are by the Webmaster.
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