Breckles

ST MARGARET’S  CHURCH

By the Priest’s door in the chancel is a ledger for John Webb, Esq., lord of the manor, who died 25  October 1658, aged 70; and Mary his wife, daughter of Sir Thomas Richardson, Lord Chief Justice of England, who died 10 March 1656, aged 56. (Gules) a Fess Ermine between three Owls (Or). – WEBB; impaling (Or) on a Chief (Sable) three Lions’ heads erased (Or).-RICHARDSON. A smaller almost round stone lies alongside the head of the ledger, and  a buckle and strap is incised, half on each stone, joining the two ledgers together, with the words of the motto:  STAT UT VIXIT ERECTA – Stand and live upright. This was for John Webb’s daughter, Ursula Hewytt, who asked in her will to be buried upright ; and so she was, when she died the same year as her father.

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