Cadaver Tombs


After 1549. Tewkesbury Abbey. Cadaver Cenotaph to Abbot John Wakeman -1549. The Cadaver unusual for the detail of worms and mice.

Cadaver Underneath

On 07 Oct 1471 Richard Willoughby -1471 died. He was buried in St Leonard's Church, Wollaton.
Monument to Richard Willoughby -1471 and Anna Leeke 1425-1468. Excellent brass with Cadaver Underneath. The arms being, left to right, , impaled with Leeke, impaled with Foljambe Arms, impaled with Annesley Arms.

On 20 May 1475 Alice Chaucer Duchess Suffolk 1404-1475 (71) died. She was buried at St Mary's Church, Ewelme. Wrist Garter. The effigy was, apparently, viewed to detErmine how a lady should wear the garter at the re-commencement of Lady of the Garter appointments in 1901 after a gap of several hundred years. A particularly fine Cadaver Underneath the chest on which Alice's effigy lies. Full-length in a shroud.

In 1528 Henry Willoughby 1451-1528 (77) was buried at St Leonard's Church, Wollaton. A fine chest tomb. Monument in sandstone (rather than alabaster), somewhat damaged, with his four wives, two each side.Lancastrian Esses Collar somehwat unusual given the 1528 date of his death.Sphinx Crest. Cadaver Underneath. Henry Willoughby's Arms including Willoughby top left hand corner (Water Bougets from Willoughy family original name Bugge).

In 1625 John Sydenham V 1568-1625 (57) died. Monument at St Andrew's Church, Brympton d'Evercy.
A Corinthian column at each corner supports the fine canopy, and the whole is adorned withmany coats of arms, which,commencing on the north side, illustrate, as it were, the pedigree of the family. On either side the canopy is surmounted by the arms ofSir John Sydenham, on the north impaling those of his first wife, and on the south the arms of his second ;each coat is flanked by a small shield supported by a ram. Bound the edge of the canopy are thirteen shields, on which are impaled the arms brought inby various atches. On each side of the tomb itself are three large shields :those on the north side bearing the arms of Sydenham, impaling those of Audley Arm, Bruges, and , with their various quarterings ;on the south are the arms of John Sydenham (36), who erected the monument, his sister impaled with those of her husband Edward Paston, and another coat in which the sinister side is not filled in. Probably it was meant to await the marriage of Sir Balph Sydenham (35), a younger brother of the founder. At the west end base is the large quartered coat of Sir John Sydenham, impaling the arms of Buckland with its nine quarterings. At the head of the tomb, surmounted by the helmet, crest, and lambrequin, is the—Sydenham coat of twelve quarterings, beneath which is the followinginscription :
My foundir Sydenham, match'd with Hobye's Heyr,
Badde me inform thee (gentle Passenger)
That what hee hath donne in mcc is onlie meant
To memorize his father and s discent
Without vayne glorye but he doth intreat
That ifthou comst his legende to repeate
Thou speak him truly as he was and than — Report itso, hee dyed an honest mane
10 November 1626
The main armorial as follows: 1 Sydenham Arms 2 Kitsford Arms 3 Dalingrige Arms 4 5 6 Langland Arms 7 Beaufre Arms 8 Furneux Arms 9 10 Balune Arms 11 12 Trenouth Arms. Source
Cadaver Underneath.