12 Dec 2017 - St Mary the Virgin Church, Bottesford, Lincolnshire

Monument to Thomas Manners 1st Earl Rutland 1492-1543 and his wife Eleanor Paston 1st Countess Rutland 1495-1551

St Mary the Virgin, Bottesford, half church, half mausoleum to the Barons Ros and the Earls of Rutland. The entire chancel is filled with monuments that cover a period of nearly four centuries starting with Robert Ros 1237-1285, died 1285, considered by some to be the 1st Baron Ros, to John Manners 8th Earl Rutland 1604-1679, died 1679.

He depicted wearing his Knight of the Gater robes over full plate armour, wearing his now damaged coronet of an Earl, head resting on a tournament helmet complete the Manner's Peacock Crest and a cap of maintenance.

The tomb was created by Richard Parker of Burton on Trent.

Detail showing the Earl's Leg Garter.

Monument to Henry Manners 2nd Earl Rutland 1526-1563 and his wife Margaret Neville -1559

Middle Tudor Period

Both alabaster effigies appear to have originally had a coronet of an Earl that has since been damaged. His head on a tournament helm, hers on a scroll. He holding a prayer book, she, possibly, a book of hours. An alter table tomb with scultures of the children on the top. His left leg has the garter of a Knight of the Garter.

Henry's tenure as Earl spanned the reigns of Henry VIII King England and Ireland 1491-1547 and his three children: Edward VI King England and Ireland 1537-1553, Mary I Queen England and Ireland 1516-1558, and Elizabeth.

Detail showing the Earl's garter below the knee on the left leg

Monument to John Manners 4th Earl Rutland 1559-1588 and his wife Elizabeth Charlton

Scultped by Gerard Johanssen.

William 6th Baron Ros Helmsley 1370-1414

Early Plate Period (Bascinet) Period

Wearing conical bascinet helmet with jewelled margin, his head rests on a tournament helm with the Manner's Peacock Crest. Lancastrian SS Collar.

John 7th Baron Ros Helmsley 1397-1421

Early Plate Period (Bascinet) Period

Wearing conical bascinet helmet with jewelled margin, his head rests on a tournament helm with the Manner's Peacock Crest (now missing; the feet are remaining). Arse Girdle.