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photoblog image St. Martin's Church-tomb

St. Martin's Church-tomb

 

 

The tomb of "the Dark Knight" Sir Walter Griffith (d. 1481) and his wife, and I guess, his children. You'll see that the Sir Walter's head is resting on the body of a young girl, and that his wife has two small images of children beside her, a girl at her head and, I think, a boy, by her right thigh. I've never seen anything like this before.

 

There is an inscription which reads:

 

"Here be the Remains of Sir WALTER GRIFFITH, Kt. who departed this life on the 9th day of August, 1481 and JANE his first Wife Daughter of Sir Ralph Nevill, by Mary Grandaughter to John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster In the Chapel also lie the Remains of AGNES, Second Wife of the said Sir Walter, Daughter of Sir Robert Constable of Flamborough and married secondly to Sir Gervase Clifton of Clifton, in the County of Nottingham, Kt. of the Bath She died January the 23rd, 1505.

Leaving Issue by Sir Walter Griffith aforesaid, WALTER his Successor made Knt. of the Bath on All-hallows Eve, 1494, at the Creation of Henry 2nd son of Henry VII. Duke of York and Agnes Married to Gervafe Clifton, of Clifton-in-Nottinghamshire, Knt. of the Bath, Son of Sir Gervase, above mentioned."

St. Martin's Church-tomb

 

 

The tomb of "the Dark Knight" Sir Walter Griffith (d. 1481) and his wife, and I guess, his children. You'll see that the Sir Walter's head is resting on the body of a young girl, and that his wife has two small images of children beside her, a girl at her head and, I think, a boy, by her right thigh. I've never seen anything like this before.

 

There is an inscription which reads:

 

"Here be the Remains of Sir WALTER GRIFFITH, Kt. who departed this life on the 9th day of August, 1481 and JANE his first Wife Daughter of Sir Ralph Nevill, by Mary Grandaughter to John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster In the Chapel also lie the Remains of AGNES, Second Wife of the said Sir Walter, Daughter of Sir Robert Constable of Flamborough and married secondly to Sir Gervase Clifton of Clifton, in the County of Nottingham, Kt. of the Bath She died January the 23rd, 1505.

Leaving Issue by Sir Walter Griffith aforesaid, WALTER his Successor made Knt. of the Bath on All-hallows Eve, 1494, at the Creation of Henry 2nd son of Henry VII. Duke of York and Agnes Married to Gervafe Clifton, of Clifton-in-Nottinghamshire, Knt. of the Bath, Son of Sir Gervase, above mentioned."

comments (5)

Very strange, Tom...
Tom Wilson: Very unusual.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 2 Dec 2018, 06:50
There is an astounding amount of creativity in this tomb Tom plus the mystery of his repose on the body of a child. I wonder why wife #2 wasn't allowed the privilege of being laid to rest here too?
Tom Wilson: It's certainly very unusual. As for wife 2 - I guess that as she was still alive and then remarried, she thought it was appropriate? My great-grandmother was buried with her first husband - presumably my great-grandfather also thought that appropriate.
Wasn't the dark knight a Batman film?
Tom Wilson: Beats me, Bill - I don't think I've ever seen any Batman film smile
It is a very impressive tomb, the family had quite a history.
Tom Wilson: Indeed it had, Brian - and, yes, I've never seen a tomb quite like it!
My uncle from England is a griffiths.

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