Holding Hands

Holding Hands is in Church Monument Details.

Effigy of Sir Miles Stapleton and his Lady. ONE of those engraved plates familiarly termed brasses. It is on the floor of the chancel of Ingham church, Norfolk, and commemorates Sir Miles Stapleton, Knight of the Garter, and his wife, Joan, daughter of Sir Oliver Ingham, and widow of Lord Strange, of Knockyn. He died on Wednesday before the feast of St. Nicholas, 38 Edward III. (December 4,1364.) The lady, perhaps from courtesy as a coheiress, is placed on the knight's right hand. An elegant crocketed gothic canopy and pinnacles surmount the figures. These have suffered some mutilation. Into the verge of the stone has been inserted a fillet of brass, with this inscription:

Priez pour les almes de Monseur Miles de Stapleton, et Dame Johanne, sa femme, fille de Monseur Oliver de Ingham, fondours de ceste maison; qe dieu de jour almes eit pitie.

[Pray for the alms of Sir Miles of Stapleton, and Dame Johanne, his wife, daughter of Sir Oliver of Ingham, founders of this house; may god of day almes have mercy]

That portion printed in the black letter alone now remains, the rest is supplied from Bloomfield.

On 07 Sep 1384 John Harsick III died. Brass in Church of St George, South Acre [Map] of John Harsick III and his wife Catherine Calthorpe holding hands. Great Helm with Feathers. Camail and Jupon Period. His coat of arms Harsick. Her showing Harsick Arms impaled with Calthorp Arms. At his feet a lion couchant, at hers a dog couchant. Inscription: Hic iacet Dns. Johes. Harsick Miles eiusoem Nominis tertius, qui obiit Serto die Septembris Ano Dni. Mccclxxxiv. cuius anime propicictur Deus Amen, et Domina Katherina Uxor.

John Harsick III: he was born to John Harsick II. In 1377 he was appointed High Sheriff of Norfolk. In or before 1384 John Harsick III and Catherine Calthorpe were married. In 1384 John Harsick III made his will on the Wednesday after the decollation of St. John Baptist. He bequeaths several legacies to the Lady Catharine his wife, his eldest son John, and to his son Eudo Harsick, the manor of Stanhow in Norfolk for life, remainder to his son Brian.

Catherine Calthorpe: she was born to Bartholemew Calthorpe.

In 1390 Sampson Strelley was buried at All Saints' Church, Strelley [Map]. Monument to Sampson and Elizabeth Hercy. Early Plate Bascinet and Gorget Period. Finely made in Chellaston alabaster. The detail of the mail incomplete. Bascinet, no orle, moustache. Great helm with Saracen's Head Crest, strangled as denoted by the tongue out. Extended mantling. She wearing an early form of Crespine Headress. Holding Hands. Chest with Angels with Rounded Wings holding Shields. Angels Supporting Pillow. Bedesmen. Dogs chewing at her dress with Studded Collar.

Sampson Strelley: he was born to Robert Strelley. Sampson Strelley and Elizabeth Hercy were married. In 1390 Sampson Strelley died.

Elizabeth Hercy: In 1405 she died. She was buried at All Saints' Church, Strelley.

After 1391. St Peter's Church, Elford [Map]. Some discussion as to whether a monument to Thomas Arderne (age 54) and Catherine Stafford (age 53), or to his son John Arderne (age 21) and Margaret Pilkington (age 20). Early Plate Bascinet Period. Holding Hands. Chest with Angels with Rounded Wings holding Shields. Chunky Lions Mane. Angels Supporting Pillow. Possibly Sutton and Prentys.

May 1611 Creation of Baronets

Before 1631. Unknown Painter. Portrait of Thomas Mansel 1st Baronet (age 74) and Jane Pole. Unusual for showing the couple holding hands. Sir Thomas was one of the richest and most influential people in south Wales. Not only had he acted as MP and Sheriff of Glamorgan on several occasions, he had been knighted, and in 1611 became one of the first ever to be given the title Baronet - see May 1611 Creation of Baronets. Sir Thomas wears a white doublet with delicate lace collars and cuff, and a dark tunic intricately embroidered with gold. These were not his everyday clothes, but would have been chosen especially for the portrait, to demonstrate his wealth and taste. Beards were considered a sign of virility, and were important fashion statements for men. Thomas Mansel wears his long and squared. Lady Jane wears a dark dress embroidered with gold and an elaborate lace collar and headdress, offset by a lavish triple-string of pearls. This was an age when new fashions and luxury materials like lace were being imported from abroad. Her costume was not of the latest fashion, and suggests the taste of an older generation. Lady Jane holds a marigold, also called Mary's Gold. This may be a reference to their daughter Mary, who appears with her parents in another, almost identical portrait. Marigolds were often used to symbolise grief and comfort, so it may also refer to the death of Jane's second husband.

Jane Pole: she was born to Thomas Pole of Bishops Hall. Before 20 Dec 1631 Thomas Mansel 1st Baronet and she were married.