02 Jun 2018 - Church of St Barlok, Norbury, Staffordshire

After 1473. Church of St Barlok, Norbury, Staffordshire. Monument to Nicholas Fitzherbert 1400-1473. Fluted Period. Fine set of weepers. Two wives shown on one end. Clenched Fist Crest usually left-handed; probably a mistake by the sculptor. Yorkist Suns and Roses Collar with the only extant example of the Yorkist Boar Pendant (as in Roman name for York = Ebor) pendant. Feet resting on a Lion.

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After 1490. Church of St Barlok, Norbury, Staffordshire. Monument to Ralph Fitzherbert 1428-1484 and Elizabeth Marshall 1437-1490. Finely made in Chellaston alabaster of the Fluted Period. His effigy notable for being the only remaining with the boar of Richard III on his Yorkist Suns and Roses Collar. Bobbed hair with finely detailed ringlets. No facial hair. The chest finely made with weepers on the three extant sides. On one side five single men (a knight, a monk, two merchants and one unknown), and one couple. On the other side women, four single, two duos. Ralph and Elizabeth had twelve children, six male, six female so probable the weepers represent their children, possibly with spouses, possibly with offspring since in the two females duos there is a noticeable difference in height. Tudor Livery Collar. Fine sabbatons, the armoured feet, with spurs. Note the beadsman under the right foot. Unlikely the sculptor had ever seen a lion. Feet resting on a Lion. The Fitzherbert Clenched Fist Crest. A finely carved Butterfly Headress. A finely carved collar with Mary and baby Jesus pendant. A Bedesman looking somewhat bored. Excellent weepers on all sides, probably their issue, possibly with grandchildren, on the longer sides since they had six boys and six girls.

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Church of St Barlok, Norbury, Staffordshire.