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By CMS in Heritage

The discussion after Saturday’s lecture was so interesting that my French cousin and I felt we had to go back for another look. We looked very carefully at the graffiti on the tombs – here’s a sample:


but I have to be honest, they look like names and initials. If the questioner sees this, can you have a look at the PowerPoint when the lecture gets on YouTube and let me know which slide had the Marian marks and I’ll have another go.

Amy spotted some more paint on Gwladus’s effigy – a fragment of deep green in the folds of her robe

gwladus mantle paint

and some gilding on the chain on her neck


gwladus chain gilding

And on the canopy, Amy spotted this, a little head

pinnacles head

We also had a good look at the ledgerstones. Local occupations


some nice poetry


a stonemason who was clearly proud of his work (alas, his name is missing)


and – ironically, in a church with such a collection of monuments – this warning:

praises on tomb stones

And finally – two little brasses on the east end of the choir stalls, sixteenth and seventeenth century – but who is that between them?

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  1. Mercer’s maid.


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