Category Archives: DEREHAM IN MITFORD DEANERY

Cranworth

CRANWORTH church has a great deal of heraldry, mostly of the Gurdon family who lived at Letton Hall. A tablet in the north aisle with eight coloured shields, for Brampton Gurdon of Letton, died 3 November 1769, aged 62  The inscription is confusing, but the descent is: John Gurdon of Assington, Suffolk (whose mother was …

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Tittleshall – Sir Edward Coke

Sir Edward Coke was a Norwich Grammar school boy who went to Cambridge, and was called to the bar. He was involved in Henry Cromwell’s libel case, and in a defining precedent in land law. He built Godwick Hall and took his bride there. William Cecil, first minister to Queen Elizabeth, took him under his …

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Tittleshall

A monument by the north wall of the chancel, with a kneeling figure and three coloured shields, for “Bridget, daughter and one of the hears of John Pastan Esqre, (sic) of Huntingfield Hall, Suffolk, first wife (married 1582) of Edward Coke, Esqre, Attorney Generall; died 27 June 1598. Had issue, Edward, Robart, Arthur, John, Henry, …

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Shipdham

This coat of arms for the Rev. Colby Bullock and his family is another which has been handled charmingly; the painting has been inserted in a hexafoil, the crest in the topmost foil, the others showing the Gules turned Argent mantling. The Rev. Colby Bullock died 28 September 1817, aged 66, and his wife Elizabeth …

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Colton

This coat of arms has been delightfully displayed within a carved marble surround, on a grey background. It is for Henry Daveney, who died 22 November 1771 aged 29, and his wife Susannah (nee Bradfield) who died 7 February 1819 aged 84; and also for Parham, their son, who was born 27 December 1769 but …

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Yaxham

Yaxham church has seven pews in the south aisle with a remarkable series of bench end carving depicting mythological beasts. Nothing, uncommon, you say? But these date from the early part of the twentieth century. The Pelican vulning is a common Christian symbol of renewal. The Unicorn is next.  A horse-like creature, it may have originally be …

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