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

Tomb of 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 garter below the knee on the left leg

Tomb of Henry Manners 2nd Earl Rutland 1526-1563 and his wife Margaret Neville -1559

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

Tomb of John Manners 4th Earl Rutland 1559-1588 and his wife Elizabeth Charlton

Scultped by Gerard Johanssen.

William 6th Baron Ros Helmsley 1370-1414

Wearing conical bascinet helmet with jewelled margin, his head rests on a tournament helm with the Manner's peacock crest, wearing a "Souvenir Sovereign" collar; a Lancastrian emblem.

John 7th Baron Ros Helmsley 1397-1421

Wearing conical bascinet helmet with orle, his head rests on a tournament helm with the now missing Manner's peacock crest, wearing a "Souvenir Sovereign" collar; a Lancastrian emblem.