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Sixteenth-century tombs in the Welsh march

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Our members publish studies of tombs in a range of journals. In the current Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society (vol. 95, 2020, pp. 83-90), for example, you will find an article ‘Moste stately tombes’: Four late-Elizabethan monuments and their designer’, by Tony Carr.

The article looks at the work of Walter Hancock (d.1599). He is known for his work on several late Elizabethan buildings in the West Midlands and nearby parts of Wales, but his contemporaries also knew and admired the church monuments he had been commissioned to make. The monument to Richard Herbert (d.1596) and his wife at Montgomery has been identified as one of his designs. This paper proposes that three further tombs, one at Condover, another at Ashley in Staffordshire and a lost monument formerly at Atcham, were also by him. Three of the tombs feature a cadaver which was an unusual element at the end of the sixteenth century.

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The Gerard monument at Ashley,  Staffordshire

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