Astley Badsey Beoley Bockleton Bredon Bretforton Bromsgrove Chaddesley Corbett  Croome D'Abitot Cropthorne Elmsley Castle Great Witley Hallow  Kempsey Kidderminster Leigh Lindridge Smethwick Spetchley
 Stockton-on-Theme Tenbury Wells Wichenford Wickhamford  Worcester Cathedral

A Note on the Photographs

When I take photographs or when I am sent photographs as e-mail attachments, I save them on my computer's hard disc. These are then copied and one copy used to be saved  onto a disc but are now saved onto the smaller, more convenient USB keys, which have a much larger capacity and, I understand, are less prone to failure. The other copy is edited, compressed and reduced in size and transferred to the web pages which, in due course, are uploaded on the web site on the internet. The first photographs thus were saved onto a number - half a dozen or more - discs but a number of years ago I transferred all the material from these discs onto USB keys.

Unfortunately just one disc had become corrupted in some way and the photographs could not be recovered or transferred and were lost: these were from Worcester Cathedral and York Minster, all taken by me, and several photographs from Worcestershire all sent to me; and possibly others The only copies of these were on the web site pages and were really too small, necessarily so because originally I had limited web space. These photographs cannot now be enlarged but I have tried to reedit and improve them.

I must point out that the faulty disc was manufactured by Philips; all the others which were perfectly satisfactory were from other companies.

You will notice some of these images in Worcestershire, most in Worcester Cathedral (when it is uploaded) and all in York Minster (when it is unloaded)

Astley - St Peter

Above column one:
Robert (1573) & Anne Blount. She was the daughter of Hugh Fisher & Jane Wall of Emley Lovet. Four children depicted on the sides of the tomb chest: Margaret, Thomas, Walter & Elizabeth. Anne holds prayer book with the quotation: 'O Lord Consider our desire'. 'Here lieth the body of Robert Blount who deceased 1575 and Anne his wife being yet living desires God to continue her life'. The Blounts paid fines as Catholic recusants.

Above column two to six:
Walter Blount (1561), son of Thomas Blount of Kinlet &
Isabel Acton (1562)  (Walter is the younger brother of John Blount, monument at Kinlet, Salop). The children represented around the tomb chest are shown below.
Badsey - St James

   All top and  left: Richard Hoby (1617), Wife and family. Whole monument and details. Two of the figures are headless but the monument retains some of its polychrome. One of the kneeling figures is now recumbent: mentally rearrange the legs and you will see its original kneeling position.

William Jarrett (1685)

Beoley - St Leonard

Monuments to William Sheldon (1570) & Wife &Ralph Sheldon (1613) & Wife The former started the first tapestry workshop in England

Bockleton - St Michael
Richard Barnaby (1597) & Mary (Abington/Habington)(1574) Sandstone. Note the helmet which is positioned between the heads of the main figures.
The superstructure of the monument is shown in more detail in the final figure
William Wolstenhulme Prescott (1865)  He contracted a fever after tending his dying gamekeeper and died at twenty-one: the scene on the side panel of the tomb chest refers to this incident. White marble by Woolner 1867
Bredon - St Giles



Sir Giles Reed (1611) and Lady Catherine.
Their children kneel in adjoining structures. Details show the effigies, those of the children and the epitaph (Latin) Alabaster 

Above: Tombstone of Dorothy Sutton (Brydges) (1693)

Right:  Coffin lid with cross and bust; now upright. Early to mid 14th century.

Effigies of William and Catherine Reed and daughter (14th century) on tomb chest in recess

Above: The Reed epitaph (Sir Giles and Lady Catherine)

John Prideaux, Bishop of Worcester (1650) He was ejected from his see by the Long Parliament 

Bretforton - St Leonard


Top left:Richd Price (1723)
'...did...give and bequeath to ye Minister & Poor...ye sume of Twenty Pounds forever...to be Distributed yearly upon Good ffriday ten shillings to ye Minister for Preaching and ten shillings to ye Poor in Bread...'
Top right:
'In the same vault lie the remains of Elizabeth daughter of the Venble Archdeacon John Timbrill DD & Elizabeth his wife, who died February 12th 1827 Age 9 months.
Also Robert Edward their son who died April 11th 1832 age 10 months'
 John (1768) & Mary (1741/2) 'they both lie within this pew'

Bromsgrove - St John the Baptist

Sir Humphrey Stafford (1440) and Wife alabaster effigies on tomb chest Two Wives of Sir John Talbot of Albrighton (1501) and alabaster effigies on tomb chest
Also but not shown:
Male effigy

Female effigy
Effigy (in churchyard)
Lady Talbot of Grafton Manor (1517) alabaster
George Lyttelton (1600) semi-reclining effigy on elbow
Bishop Hall of Bristol (1710) tablet with putto head
Chaddesley Corbett - St Cassian

Above: Mrs Packington (1657) aged 27 'A Wife and Widowe Rare'
Left: Thomas Lees (1847) surgeon, buried at Rochdale; his wife Mary Ann (1834) 'buried in this churchyard'; Edward Jackson MD FRCS (1889) 'buried at Leamington.
Above: Humfrey Pakington (1637); his daughter Anne Lady Audeley; her 'sonne' Henry
Right: Elizabeth Holt (1647)
Left: William Wheeler (1817) solicitor; his daughter Anne Harwood (1847) ; her husband Rev Thomas Harwood (1856)

Croome D'Abitot  -  St Mary Magdelene 
 The church dates from 1763 and is by Lancelot (Capability) Brown, who removed the earlier monuments from the medieval church and reset them here. The earldom began in 1697 and the 6th Earl was responsible for the current church.

Thomas 1st Baron Coventry (1639)
He was Lord Keeper of the Great Seal. Note the mace and the several allegorical figures; Justice holds the seal. Attrib. to the workshop of Nicholas Stone.

Top left: Thomas, 2nd Baron Coventry.
Top centre: Lady Coventry. She holds her baby and a close up may be seen below.
Above: Two kneeling children who can just be made behind the pillar at the foot of the reclining Lady Coventry.

Sir Henry Coventry (1686)
By: William Kidwell
George William 6th Earl Coventry (1809)
By James Bac the Younger
Top: George 7th Earl Coventry (1834) 
Bottom: George William 9th Earl Coventry (1930) 
Top: George William Reginald Victor 10th Earl   Coventry (kia France 1940) 
Bottom: George William, Viscount Deerhurst (1927) Eldest son of 9th Earl
John (1852)
2nd son of 7th Earl

Cropthorne - St Michael

 Left: Francis Dineley & Wife (1624)
Above can be seen details of children (male) kneeling at the foot of the monument. Male and female children can just be seen kneeling at a prayer desk on the left side on the main photograph.
Right: The epitaph on the wall on the left hand side of the tomb, the lower part of which can be seen in the main photograph.

Left: Monument to Edward Dineley & Wife (1646)Centre top are details of the armorial bearings on top on the monument and Bottom details of the kneeling figures; Right top are details of the children kneeling either side of a prayer desk, boys at the foot, girls at the head.  A small boy curiously  kneels on a pedestal.
 Above right bottom,  left to right: 
Francis Dingley (1816); his nephew, Francis Dingley (1821). Samuel Dingley (1801); his wife Mary (1807). Samuel Dingley Jnr (1856); his wife Esther (1847); their daughter Mary (1818 age 6)

Francis Goodyere Dineley Commander RN (1908) Richard & Mary Dingley (both 1834) & others.

Elmley Castle - St Mary
Despite the title this is a village and not a castle

Above and below : The Savage Monument Attributed to Samuel Baldwin

William  (1616) & Giles Savage (1631) & the latter's wife, Mary (1647)  

Lady Mary holds a baby, four children kneel at the feet where is also a stag's head  with an arrow unpleasantly piercing the neck. There are two back plates to this monument: one is shown below centre.


Above and right:  First Earl of Coventry (1699) Marble by William Stanton (shortly after 1700)

The Second Earl refused to have this monument erected in Croome d'Abitot church, the funerary chapel of the Coventry family. His reason is revealed by the improper achievement of arms and false epitaph on the monument.
'Or, on a chief sable, three escallops of the field a crescent gules for difference'. These are quite legally the arms of the Grahams of Norton Conyers, Yorks, but are impaled with those of Coventry, implying that his second wife was gentry, a Graham, and armigerous.

The Second Earl maintained that his father's second wife was the daughter of Richard Grimes a common waterman, and that she had been a servant of the Coventries, and maid to the Lady Winifred his mother. Apparently Gregory King, Lancaster Herald of the College of Arms, had directed the arms to be placed on the monument, and it is interesting that he married for his second wife Frances Grimes the Countess’s sister!

So by this ‘scam’ both the Earl’s second wife, and Lancaster himself by association, had a meteoric rise in the Social Register.

From the 'Historical Register' April 12th, 1724: “Dy’d Elizabeth Countess Dowager of Coventry, relict of Thomas, Earl of Coventry, after whose death she marry’d Thomas Savage esq.  She was a fortunate lady, being but of mean extraction, daughter [ it should be sister] of .... Grimes, a lighterman on the river Thames, and household servant to the earl who marry’d her”

Right: Lady known only by initials EG

Above: Ann Fetyplace (1609) 

Great Witley - St Michael

Thomas Lord Foley, Baron Foley of Kidderminster  (1732) MP then elevated to the upper house. Gray and white  by Rysbrack 1743. The figures are those of the decease, his widow, Mary (Strode) with child, two further children above (?) and two standing allegorical figures

Hallow - St Philip & St James

Edward Hall (1616)
Kempsey - St Mary

Sir Edmund Wylde (1620) Mrs Elizabeth Eaton (1790)
by William Stephens of Worcester
Sir Thomas Foley (1821)
by J Stephens

Kidderminster - St Mary 

Left & Centre Top: Lady, late 15th century, said to be Joyce Beauchamp (1473) Note the fan vaulting under the canopy
Right & Centre Bottom: Sir Hugh Chokesey (1445) & Wife Alabaster
Above left and right top: Thomas Blount (1568) & Wife Alabaster. Note the row of children on the back wall
Right bottom:
Sir Edward Blount (1630) & Two Wives Alabaster

Henry Toye Sir Ralph Clare (1670)

Leigh - St Eadburga

Left and above Edmund Coles (1606) 'a man of bad character' Until the 19th century he wore a real leather skull cap William (1615) & Mary Coles from their kneeling effigies on a tomb chest on which kneel their children, shown below.

Walter Deverus (c1640) Alabaster 

Six children kneel at the right hand side of the tomb chest with the girl unusually surrounded by her brothers. Unlike the above, it looks like they were rather fine

 Left:  Essex Devereux (1639). Note the little girl sitting on the ledge below; she is shown above right. Pity she can't be photographed at a better angle.

Right and above right: John & Mary Baker (1706) & son Walter

Lindridge - St Lawrence

Rev Arthur Onslow, Dean of Worcester (1817)
By Sir William Smith of Eardiston

Spetchley - All Saints


Sergeant-at-Law Sir Robert Berkeley (1652)
Justice of the King's Bench. He supported Charles I in the ship money case.. Black & white marble.
Top: Putto from Richard Berkeley monument
Ledger stone of Thomas Berkeley
see below

Richard Berkeley (1694) & Elizabeth (Blake) (1708) Thomas Berkeley (1693) & Anne (1692)

Sir Rowland Berkeley (1611) and Katharine (Haywood)
Alabaster: Monument and various details

Smethwick - No Dedication

Mrs Dorothy Parks
who gave land for the chapel, charity school & vicarage
John Hinckley (1740) & Esther (1740) Henry A C Case (1870) & Eliza Case (190_)
'who died at _ Vicarage, Salop, the residence of he son.'
John Reynolds (1820) & Martha (1791) William Powell (verger) (1918) & Ann (1918)
Mary Stubbs (1818) & daughters Amy (1821) & Hannah (1828)  Thomas Hanson (1800) & Anna Maria (1815) John James Idinius (1820) Jonathan Grundy (1801) & Hannah (1815). Their son John (1801); Thomas Grundy & Elizabeth (1827); their daughter Eliza (1837) & her husband Henry Goodrich Willet (1857)  Rev Edward Patteson (1796) 

St Andrew
 'Of your cheryte pray for the sowlhs of Wyllyam Parker, Sebyll and Elizabeth hys wyfys yw whych Wyllyam died the xxy of Febyere in the yere of owre Lord God m.ccccc and Viii ' 'The tombe of Thomas Walshe esquier Lorde of this manour and patron of this church who departinge this life at London the 21 of November, his bodye was hither translated the 21 of December AD 1593 by his cosine jarmaine Thomas Walshe gent his sole executor the erector of this tombe' Rare painted tomb.

Tenbury Wells - St Mary

13th century knight (?John or Robert Sturmy) c. 1300 minature knight; cross legged and holding large heart, feet on dog. Found in rubbish heap in 1814; now in Easter Sepulchre. ?son of left figure. William Godson (1822) By Bacon jnr and Manning
Thomas Acton (1546) and Mary (Lacon)(1564) Their sons, Lancelot and Gabriel, both of whom died young, with their daughter Joyce kneel aroud the tomb. Alabaster

Wichenford - St Lawrence

Left Top & Above: John & Anthony Washbourne & Wives. Erected 1632. The earlier John was the father of this John and the latter the father of Anthony Wood
Left Bottom: John Washbourne (1615) & Wife Children kneel against the tomb chest (not shown)

St John the Baptist
Above: Jane Sponer (1584)

Right: Sir Samuel and Sir Edwyn Sandys (both 1626) and their Wives. Alabaster

With many thanks to Dr John Physick, formerly President of the Church Monuments Society, for allowing the use of his photographs of some the monuments in Worcester Cathedral; others are by theWebmaster. Thanks again to Sally Badham for the photograph at Elmley Castle; and to Dr John Davis and Jean McCreanor also for the remaining  photographs. Also to Joan & Bob Tucker. The etchings are from Hollis's book.
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