Monthly Archives: April, 2012

The Hastings Brass at Elsing

THE  HASTINGS  BRASS                 In 1408, a remarkable occasion took place in Elsing Church.  Sir Edward Hastings, great-grandson of Sir Hugh Hastings, was defendant to a suit by Reginald, Lord Grey of Ruthin in the Court of Chivalry, sitting in the Guest Hall of the Priory at Norwich, …

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BURNHAM THORPE

Horatio, Lord Nelson The village famous for being the birthplace of Horatio Nelson; he was born in 1758, the fifth child of a family of nine, when his father was rector here. His mother was Catherine Suckling, sister to Maurice Suckling, Captain in the Royal Navy, who took the young Horatio into his ship’s company …

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East Barsham Manor

A splendid Elizabethan manor in red brick, with carved red brick coats of arms, sadly deteriorating with the acid rain and time.  It lies in  a hollow, screened by trees, on the road to little Walsingham and appears magically as one drives past the local inn. The Fermor family apparently came to this parish around …

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East Barsham

St Mary’s Church A splendid monument on the south wall has five coloured shields. “James Calthorpe dedicates this monument to the pious memory of Mary, his wife, (daughter and sole heiress of William Fermor, Esq., and Ann his wife, daughter of Robert Brook, late Alderman of London), by whom he had issue 2 sonnes who …

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Holkham (3)

A monument on the south wall of the south chapel, with kneeling figure and coloured shield: For: Miles Armiger, Gent., second son of William Armiger and Anne Mansure;  died unmarried 10May 1639, aged 64; Quarterly: 1 and 4,. Azure two Bars Argent between three close Helmets Or – Armiger, 2 and 3, Vairy Argent and Sable a Bend …

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Holkham (2)

A superb memorial window for Margaret Baroness Clifford, Countess Dowager of Leicester, who repaired and beautified this church and chancel at her sole expense, in 1767-68. Per pale Gules and Azure three Eagles displayed Argent – Coke, in pretence Quarterly: 1 and 4, Sable an Eagle displayed Argent a Bordure engrailed of the second – Tufton; 2 and …

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Holkham

A monument at the east end of the south chapel, with 21 kneeling figures and three coloured shields:  For William Wheatley, Esq., of Fakenham and South Creake, late Prothonotary in the court of Common Pleas,  and Martha Skinner his wife, dau. of Anthony Skinner of Warwickshire; and for: Anthony Wheatley Esq., and Anne Armiger his wife, …

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Sculthorpe

Sir Robert Knollys, died 15 October1407, aged 92, at his manor house in Sculthorpe, though he was buried in a church in Fleet Street, London.  He was an eminent commander under Edward III, fighting in France and acquiring great fortunes there. He took Auxerre for the King of Navarre, and later fought for John Duke …

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HARPLEY

St Lawrence’s Church Ledgers at the west end of the north aisle are for John Raven, Esq., died 29.1.1785, aged 26, and Elizabeth, his wife, died 29.11.1783, aged 25. The family given is muddled; the sequence seems to be: Thomas and Catherine’s son Nicholas (1648-1711)  married Alice (1668-1754). They had two children, Nicholas (1696-1780) and …

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COLKIRK

A tablet on the north wall of the north Aisle, for Samuel Smithe, died 22.2.1663.  His memorial is rhymed, and begins with an anagram: SEE HIM : All Must SEE HIM : in Dust. Per fess dancetty Gules and Argent three ?Talbots erased Or collared Gules – SMITHE?  though these arms are not identified in Papworth;  …

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