Those mysterious childrens coffins in Edward IV’s vault….

Edward’s IV Monument in St Georges Chapel, Windsor   Back in  2016  I was much intrigued by a story that had been hanging around for some time that when Edward’s IV’s vault and coffin were discovered in 1790 in St Georges Chapel, an adjoining vault was also discovered which was thought may have contained theContinue reading “Those mysterious childrens coffins in Edward IV’s vault….”

Katherine Plantagenet, her burial in St James Garlickhithe.

The Great Fire of London. The devastating conflagration that consumed so much of medieval London including St James Garlickhythe.  Artist  Lieve Verschuier This post will of necessity prove to be short there being a dearth of information on both Katherine and the  pre-Fire St James Garlickhythe Church where she was buried.  The church was located onContinue reading “Katherine Plantagenet, her burial in St James Garlickhithe.”

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 de Forz tomb and effgy.  One of the earliest tombs in Westminster Abbey.  Aveline de Forz, Countess of Lancaster,  Edmund ‘Crouchback’s’ Plantagenet’s first wife died on the 10 November 1274.    Aveline was the daughter of William de Forz , Count of Albermarle, Lord of Holderness and Isabella de Fortibus, Countess of Devon.  and havingContinue 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

Mary of York  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 in August 1467 and died at her mother’s favourite palace of Greenwich 23 May 1482 aged just 14 years.   Strangely enough anotherContinue reading “MARY PLANTAGENET – DAUGHTER OF EDWARD IV & ELIZABETH WYDEVILLE – A LIFE CUT SHORT”

CLATTERN BRIDGE -A MEDIEVAL BRIDGE – KINGSTON UPON THAMES

CLATTERN BRIDGE @Matt Brown Clattern Bridge, Kingston upon Thames, was built prior to 1293 and is still in use today.  It was known as Clateryngbrugge in medieval times maybe because of the sound horses made crossing it.  Unfortunately I can find no trace of King Richard ever using it in his travels although there isContinue reading “CLATTERN BRIDGE -A MEDIEVAL BRIDGE – KINGSTON UPON THAMES”