Church Monuments Society



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Note that paths, floors, steps and fittings in and around historic buildings may often be uneven and participants are expected to take reasonable care.  None of the officers, committee or members of the Church Monuments Society and no leader or organiser of any event, visit, walk or programme promoted by the Society shall be liable in respect of the death of, or injury, damage or loss to, any person or the property of any person, which may occur or arise out of participation in any such event, visit, walk or programme.


A study day to be held at the IHR Conference Room, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU, 10th October 2015

Sir Richard Hussey Bickerton Bart by Francis Chantrey, Bath Abbey

This event, hosted by the Church Monuments Society, will examine various elements of the commemorative sculpture erected during a period of revolution, war and rapid industrialisation. Commemorating a rapidly expanding and thriving professional and commercial middle class, national heroes and social elites, these memorials drew upon increasing antiquarian interests and evoked varied responses on the popular culture of the day.

Keynote speaker: Professor Alison Yarrington (Dean of the School of the Arts, English and Drama, Loughborough). Other speakers include: Dr Clive Easter; Paul Wooles (Conservaion Manager, Skillington Workshops Lts); Revd Charles Card-Reynolds (Commissary of the Diocese of the Windward Islands); Barbara Tomlinson (Curator Emeritus, Royal Museums Greenwich); Kerry Bristol (Leeds University); Jonathan Kewley (Durham University).

Starting at 10.00am and finishing at 4.30pm, the cost is £25 for members and £30 for non-members, including morning tea and afternoon coffee, but not lunch.
For application form click here

Excursion to South Staffordshire
Saturday 24th October 2015

This excursion (led by Robin Draper) will have a main focus on the products of alabaster workshops in Burton-upon-Trent in the 16th /17th centuries. We will be visiting five churches in Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire.

Trains leave London Euston frequently for Wolverhampton (half of them direct, otherwise with a change at Birmingham, New Street). The journey normally takes about 2 hours. Rail journeys from other parts of the country may require a change at Birmingham New Street. You may refer to for journey details and ticketing.
At about 10:15, we will walk from Wolverhampton Station to St. Peters Church. Here will find monuments to the Lane and Leveson families. In addition to attributed mid-period and late work from the Royley workshop, there is attributed work of Jasper Latham and documented work of Hubert le Sueur. After this, we will our board our coach to visit the following:
Patshull, St Mary. In the grounds of Patshull Hall. Staffordshire's only redundant church in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust contains the only example of attributed work of the Richard Parker workshop on this tour. This and the large wall monument above it are to the members of the Astley family. There are also tablets by P F Chance to members of the Pigot family.
Codsall, St Nicholas. In the chancel of this church is the fine monument of Walter Wrottesley (d 1630), suggested as work of a shop in the Ashby-de-la-Zouch area.
Brewood, St Mary and St Chad. This fine church is famous for its monuments. Four tomb monuments to the Giffard family (of Chillington Hall) dominate the chancel. There is also an incised slab to another Lane family member, and a mural monument to the Moreton family. The churchyard also contains the grave of a man who shared a tree with a prince for 14 hours!
Penkridge, St Michael. In the middle of the town, St Michaels contains the monuments of 6 generations of the holders of Pillaton Hall between the late 15th and early 17th centuries. These monuments flow chronologically from incised slabs, through effigial chest tombs to an impressive double-deck standing wall monument with two pairs of effigies.
Tea/coffee will be taken at Wolverhampton and Penkridge. There will be a break for Lunch in Codsall. Lunch will not be included in your booking, but the village includes two pubs, a large “Coffee Shop”, a supermarket and several shops including a couple of good butchers. I will include some details with your booking confirmation.
The cost to CMS, MBS and Mausolea and Monuments Trust members is £30 (£35 to non-members).
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Due to issues relating to access to the church at Patshull, it will now be necessay to use a smaller coach for this tour. Seats are still available but we will have to restrict the numbers to a maximum of 32.


Notice is hereby given that the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Church Monuments Society will be held at 2.00pm on Saturday 26th September 2015 at the St Albans Conference Centre, 18 Brooke Street, London EC1N 7RD.

 There will be tea at 3.30pm, followed by a short talk and a tour of the adjoining church– St Alban the Martyr.

This is an opportunity for all members to have a say in how Council are running the Society, so do come along.

The centre is a short walk from Chancery Lane underground station and is conveniently situated for members to visit St Pauls Cathedral in the morning or shop in Oxford Street or Covent Garden. St Albans Church itself is a concealed gem designed by Adrian Gilbert Scott. Rebuilt following blitz damage sustained in 1941, it incorporates surviving parts of the original building by Thomas Butterworth, widows by Charles Eamer Kempe and an impressive memorial to the Reverend Alexander Heriot Mackonochie.

A copy of the minutes of the 2014 AGM is available of the Society’s website. A hard copy may be requested from Dr John Bromilow, Hon. Publicity Officer (address on back cover).


1.    Apologies for absence.
Approval of the minutes of the 2014 Annual General Meeting.
Matters arising
4. Presidential report
 (delivered by Dr Jean Lesley Wilson) 
5.  Hon. Treasurer’s report 
6.  Thanks to the independent examiner; appointment of independent examiner
7.  Hon. Membership Secretary’s Report 
8.  Hon. Publicity Officer’s report 
9.  Hon. Archivist’s report
10. Hon. Events Co-ordinator’s report

11. Report on the Society’s publications
12. Report of the Hon. Conservation Cases recorder.
13. Election of the officers and two ordinary members
14. Announcement of the date and venue of the 2016 Annual General Meeting
15. Election of Officers and Ordinary Members for the Council.

Nominations are sought for the positions of Hon. Secretary, Hon. Publicity Officer and two Ordinary Members of Council, each one elected for a three year term.

Each nomination should be made in writing, proposed and seconded by two members of the Society, and should confirm willingness of the nominee to stand for election. Nominations for the above posts should reach Miss Barbara Tomlinson, Hon Secretary, no later than Monday 10th August 2015.




Wingfield (Suffolk), 10.30 am to 3.00pm 27th November 2015




This joint event, organised by Sally Badham and Jessica Barker, will look at the monuments to the Wingfield and de la Pole families in the context of the collegiate church established by Sir John de Wingfield (d. 1361). The programme will be as follows:

Assemble at 10.30am at Wingfield College, the building with a deceptive Georgian facade 150 yards to the left of the church, which is the home of Peter and Jane Bloore ( Short illustrated lectures will take place in the Great Hall built in 1362:

1.      Peter Bloore on the collegiate church and the digital reconstruction of the college and castle.

2.      Sally Badham on the monuments at Wingfield.

3.      John Goodall on the monument in the collegiate foundation at Ewleme to Alice Chaucer, Duchess of Suffolk, the one major de la Pole monument not at Wingfield. He will also compare the two colleges and their relationship to the monuments.

Peter Bloorewill run historical digital reconstruction of Wingfield College and will have for sale copies of a book to be published this autumn Wingfield College and its patrons. Piety and prestige in medieval Suffolk, edited by Peter Bloore and Edward Martin.

Reconvene at the church at about 12.30am. The rest of the day (until 3pm) will be devoted to examining the monuments in the church at close quarters. Copies, for consultation only, will be available of the extensive antiquarian notes relating to the monuments at Wingfield.

Parking will be available in the Wingfield barns car park ( ). In view of the season and consequent risk of wet leaves as well as uneven church paths, in the interests of health and safety, do wear sensible footwear and watch out for slip hazards.Participants should bring their own flasks of hot drinks as no refreshments will be available. Lunch can be taken (at your own expense) at the pub opposite the church, the De la Pole arms, which has a good menu both for snacks and for main meals ( ).

There will be no charge for the day, but participants are encouraged to make generous donations to church funds. Please would CMS members let Sally Badham ( or 01993 878471) know by 20 November if they will be coming so that we can plan for the numbers attending and alert the de la Pole Arms as to possible numbers requiring lunch.



Study Day at St George's Chapel, Windsor
A Joint Meeting with the Mausoleum Trust led by Julian Litten
Symposium at Herstmonceux, East Sussex. September
Study Day at Litchfield
Joint Conference with Mortimer Historical Society