JAMES Ist – ROYAL GOOSEBERRY IN THE HENRY VII VAULT

Entrance to the tomb of Henry VII as seen on the opening of the vault in 1869.  Drawing by George Scarf.   I cannot say I get a warm fuzzy feeling when I think about Henry VII’s possible reaction to King James being laid to rest alongside he and his wife, Elizabeth of York,  inContinue reading “JAMES Ist – ROYAL GOOSEBERRY IN THE HENRY VII VAULT”

Was Henry VII mean? His funeral and other Expenses.

Effigies of Henry Vll and Elizabeth of York by Torrigiano  Henry died on 21 April 1509.  Henry has come down through history as something of a miser, a tightwad.  Whether this is undeserved or otherwise , I do not know,  although his Privy Purse Expenses make very interesting reading.  He certainly enjoyed gambling, frequently incurringContinue reading “Was Henry VII mean? His funeral and other Expenses.”

EDWARD OF MIDDLEHAM ‘SON TO KYNG RICHARD’ & THE MYSTERIOUS SHERIFF HUTTON MONUMENT

Edward of Middleham from the Beauchamp Pageant.  Described  as ‘Edward Plantagenet, son to Kyng Richard’ Its often been written that,  along  with so many children of the times he lived in, even those of the nobility, not a lot is known about Richard III and Anne Neville’s small son Edward.  There is even confusion aboutContinue reading “EDWARD OF MIDDLEHAM ‘SON TO KYNG RICHARD’ & THE MYSTERIOUS SHERIFF HUTTON MONUMENT”

AVELINE de FORZ – AN EARLY PLANTAGENET BRIDE & HER TOMB IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY.

Aveline’s effigy as drawn by Charles Alfred Stothard ‘The Monumental Effigies of Great Britain‘.  Aveline de Forz, Countess of Lancaster,  first wife of Edmund ‘Crouchback’, First Earl of Lancaster, First Earl of Leicester and a Plantagenet,  died on the 10 November 1274.    He was the son of Henry III and she the daughter of WilliamContinue reading “AVELINE de FORZ – AN EARLY PLANTAGENET BRIDE & HER TOMB IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY.”

MARGARET GAYNESFORD – GENTLEWOMAN TO QUEEN ELIZABETH WYDEVILLE

In the church of All Saints, Carshalton, now part of South London, can be found the charming 15th century brass of Margaret Gaynesford nee Sidney,  her husband Nicholas and their various children.  Due to the brass being attached to the wall and not the floor, as is usually the case,  it has still retained muchContinue reading “MARGARET GAYNESFORD – GENTLEWOMAN TO QUEEN ELIZABETH WYDEVILLE”

MARY PLANTAGENET – DAUGHTER OF EDWARD IV & ELIZABETH WYDEVILLE – A LIFE CUT SHORT

This is believed to be Cicely, Mary of York’s sister.  No clear likeness has survived of Mary but no doubt the sisters were alike.    Royal Window, Northwest Transept, Canterbury Cathedral Mary Plantagenet or Mary of York was the second daughter of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Wydville.  She was born at Windsor Castle inContinue reading “MARY PLANTAGENET – DAUGHTER OF EDWARD IV & ELIZABETH WYDEVILLE – A LIFE CUT SHORT”

CLATTERN BRIDGE -A MEDIEVAL BRIDGE – KINGSTON UPON THAMES

CLATTERN BRIDGE Photo @Matt Brown Clattern Bridge, Kingston upon Thames, was built prior to 1293, probably to replace an early ford and amazingly is still in use today.  A good example of a medieval multi-span bridge and still containing impressive medieval masonry it was once known as Clateryngbrugge  maybe because of the sound horses madeContinue reading “CLATTERN BRIDGE -A MEDIEVAL BRIDGE – KINGSTON UPON THAMES”

CARDINAL JOHN MORTON’S TOMB IN THE CHAPEL OF LADY UNDERCROFT CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL

On Friday 13th June 1483 Cardinal Morton, along with others, was arrested at the Tower of London.  It is well documented the role Morton played in the downfall of Richard III.  Morton was Richard’s arch enemy and his deviousness, cunning and powers of manipulation being  well known,  there is no need to go into themContinue reading “CARDINAL JOHN MORTON’S TOMB IN THE CHAPEL OF LADY UNDERCROFT CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL”

BERMONDSEY ABBEY AND ELIZABETH WYDEVILLE’S ‘RETIREMENT’ THERE

Elizabeth Wydeville, unknown artist, Royal Collection. If anyone today wandering around Bermondsey, South London, should find themselves in redeveloped Bermondsey Square they may be surprised to find that they are standing on the spot where once stood the quadrangle of the Abbey of Bermondsey, the entrance  to the square being the site of the AbbeyContinue reading “BERMONDSEY ABBEY AND ELIZABETH WYDEVILLE’S ‘RETIREMENT’ THERE”