History of St Mary the Virgin Church, Elmley
In 1170 William Beauchamp 1st Baron Beauchamp 1105-1170 (65) died at Elmley Castle, Elmley. He was buried at St Mary the Virgin Church, Elmley. His son William Beauchamp 2nd Baron Beauchamp 1142-1197 (28) succeeded 2nd Baron Beauchamp of Elmley in Worcestershire.
On 11 Jun 1674 Katherine Dalston 1590-1674 (84) died (she the wife of Giles Savage 1585-1631) at Elmley Castle, Elmley. She buried at St Mary the Virgin Church, Elmley. Alabaster Table Tomb. She holding a Chrisom Child probably representing stillborn, or died soon after birth. At their feet two lions and what is described as a stag with an arrow through its neck.
On 15 Jul 1699 Thomas Coventry 1st Earl Coventry 1629-1699 (70) died. His son Thomas Coventry 2nd Earl Coventry 1629-1699 (37) succeeded 2nd Earl Coventry, 6th Baron Coventry. Anne Somerset Countess Coventry 1673-1763 (25) by marriage Countess Coventry. He was buried in St Mary Magdalene's Church, Crome D'Abitot.
Monument in St Mary the Virgin Church, Elmley. The Monument was commissioned by his second wife but rejected by his son. She was, apparently, somewhat imaginative in describing her provenance to the point that the second Earl (37), son of the first Earl's first wife, refused to have the. Monument erected over his father's remains.
High quality. Monument including a white marble figure of the Earl Elbow reclining on a deep chest in front of a lengthy inscription and under an arch crowned with armorial bearings. Large sub-figures flank the chest and the armorial bearings. Earl's coronet. Signed by William Stanton Sculptor 1639-1705 (60).