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The Beresford Tomb, Fenny Bentley [Oct. 18th, 2011|10:10 am]
Tony Grist
The life-sized, shrouded effigies of Sir Thomas Beresford and his wife Agnes on their tomb in Fenny Bentley church. Their many children are represented- also shrouded- around the sides of the tomb. Sir Thomas and some of his sons fought at Agincourt.
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[User Picture]From: strange_complex
2011-10-18 09:25 am (UTC)
Hehe - what a clever wheeze by the sculptors! I imagine them having a stock of generic shrouded bodies out the back - quick and easy to knock out when business was quiet, of course. Then whenever the local aristocracy requested a shrouded funeral effigy, they could doff their caps, say "I'll have it for you by next week, m'lud", and skip off down the pub. Very good. :-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-10-18 10:41 am (UTC)
Saves having to worry about getting a likeness too...:)
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2011-10-18 01:55 pm (UTC)
That was my first thought! There has to be a story there somewhere. Was they specially commissioned or was it a wizard wheeze by a not very good sculptor in order to hide his lack of skill?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-10-18 02:16 pm (UTC)
I've no idea. I'd like to think it was a commission.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2011-10-18 10:36 am (UTC)
Aren't these amazing? I wonder how many examples of shrouded effigies there are? Had no idea they did this sort of thing.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-10-18 10:42 am (UTC)
I've never come across anything quite like this before. It may not be unique, but it's rare.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2011-10-18 10:54 am (UTC)
My first thought was that someone had gone to a lot of trouble to carve those giant marrows!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-10-18 02:16 pm (UTC)
Heh-heh-heh....
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2011-10-18 10:59 am (UTC)
Now THAT is fascinating, I have never seen fully shrouded effegies before.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-10-18 02:17 pm (UTC)
Me neither, though semi-shrouded cadavers are relatively common.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2011-10-18 03:08 pm (UTC)
John Donne immediately springs to mind.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2011-10-18 11:15 am (UTC)
I've never seen anything like that before. I wonder...were they requested by the family or by the deceased themselves before they died or...as someone suggests, just an easy way our for the tomb carvers?
It's just a little creepy as well.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-10-18 02:20 pm (UTC)
I've no idea. And I doubt any record remains. I'd like to think that whoever commissioned the tomb (presumably one of the Beresfords) had a taste for the morbid and bizarre.
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[User Picture]From: endlessrarities
2011-10-23 01:20 pm (UTC)
That's fascinating. I've never seen anything like that before.

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