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Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent

Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent were carvers of the early 16th Century of exceptional quality. Their work is usually identifiable by details such as Bedesmen at the feet, and swirlings tails covering the feet, and dogs chewing the ladie's dresses.

Battle of Edgecote Moor

After 24 Jul 1469. St Mary's Church Kington. Thomas Vaughan killed 24 Jul 1469 at the Battle of Edgecote Moor and wife Elena "Terrible" Gethen so called because she murdered her cousin who had murdered her brother. Alabaster. Early Plate Bascinet Period. Tassets. Believed to have been moved from the Chancel since it is decorated on all sides. Possible Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent - see the folds at the base of her dress and the possible little dog between them.

On 02 Mar 1484 Ralph Fitzherbert 1428-1484 (56) died at Norbury. He was buried at Church of St Barlok Norbury.
On 20 Oct 1490 Elizabeth Marshall 1437-1490 (53) died. She was buried at Church of St Barlok Norbury.
Monument to Ralph and Elizabeth. Finely made in Chellaston alabaster of the Fluted Period. His effigy notable for being the only remaining with the Yorkist Boar Pendant (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 Sabatons, the armoured feet, with spurs. Note the Bedesman 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. Possibly Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent.

After 10 May 1490 Alice Southill 1460-1490 was buried at Church of St Peter and St Paul Exton. After 05 Nov 1524 John Harrington 1480-1524 was buried with his wife. Their. Monument Tudor Period. Dogs Head Crest. Bedesman and Lion at his feet.Tudor Livery Collar. Dogs chewing at her dress. Probably Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent.

On 03 Aug 1494 Nicholas Montgomery 1434-1494 (60) died. He was buried at Church of St Andrew Great Cubley. Effigy, if there were one, now missing. Attributed to Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent.

In 1501 John Strelley 1456-1501 (45) was buried at All Saints' Church Strelley. Monument to John Strelley 1456-1501 (45) and Sanchia Willoughby 1452-1533 (49). Fluted Period. Described as the finest alabaster. Monument in the country. Chellaston alabaster. Bobbed hair to the shoulder. Feet resting on a Lion, two fine Bedesmen, one male, one female;possibly Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent. Great helm with Saracen's Head Crest, strangled as denoted by the tongue out. Extended mantling. Four arms above the effigies represent, from left to right:.
Strelley impaled Kempe - his father Robert Strelley 1423-1488 and his mother Isabel Kempe -1459.
Strelley impaled Willoughby - John and his wife.
Strelley impaled Pierrepoint - John's paternal great-grandfather Nicholas Strelley -1430 and great-grandmother Elizabeth Pierrepoint.

On 11 Sep 1504 John Mordaunt 1455-1504 (48) died at Turvey. He was buried at All Saints Church Turvey.
On 05 Sep 1504 Edith Latimer 1450-1504 died at Turvey.
Fluted Period. Lancastrian Esses Collar. Crespine Headress. Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent. Dogs chewing at her dress. Some uncertainty about the attribution. Screaming Man crest, possibly Saracen's Head Crest.

On 12 Oct 1516 Isabel Neville 1457-1516 (59) died.
In 1526 William Smythe 1480-1526 (46) died.
Before 29 Nov 1529 Anne Staunton -1529 died.
Monument in St Peter's Church Elford. Tudor Period. Lancastrian Esses Collar. Dogs chewing at her dress. Gabled Headress with Lappets. Probably Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent.

On 13 Mar 1518 Thomas Babington 1449-1518 (69) died at Ashover. He was buried at All Saints Church Ashover.
Monument to Thomas Babington 1449-1518 (69) and Editha Fitzherbert 1457-1511. Excellent painted alabaster. Monument of the Tudor Period with the colours much refreshed. He in civilian clothes with a purse (aka scrip aka gypciere) hanging from his belt. Dogs chewing at her dress. Gabled Headress. The chest tomb of exceptional quality with the fifteen weepers under Crocketed canopies broadly undamaged. The weepers are believed to represent Thomas and Editha's children and their respective spouses. The chest tomb now abuts the south wall of the chancel meaning only three sides visible. Carved by Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent.  impaled .

Around 1520. Alabaster monument to William Blythe and his wife. Probably Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent. Church of St James the Great Norton Sheffield.

Around 10 Nov 1530 Randle Brereton of Malpas 1480-1530 (50) died. he was buried in St Oswald's Church Malpas. Monument to Randle Brereton of Malpas 1480-1530 (50) and Eleanor Dutton 1484-1522. Alabaster. Tudor Period. Lancastrian Esses Collar. Dogs Head Crest. Dogs chewing at her dress. Possibly Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent. Lappets.

After 1554. St Mary the Virgin Church North Aston. Believed to be a. Monument to John Anne -1554 but the armour would suggest it is around a hundred years or so earlier than his death in 1554. Finely carved in alabaster. Early Plate Bascinet and Gorget Period. Lancastrian Esses Collar. Lion Pendant. Fine Bedesmen on the chest. Dogs chewing at her dress. Possibly Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent.