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Copyright: Jon Bayliss
August 2018, Robert, 1526, and Mary Appleton, Little Waldingfield, Suffolk
Like many pre-
Orate pro a'i'abus Roberti Appylton generosi et Mariae uxoris eius qui quidem Robertus obijt 27 die mensis Augusti a'o 1526 quor' a'i'abus &c.
On it 4 escutcheons 1. arg a fesse sable entre 3 apples gul. stalked & leaved vert borne by the name Appylton. 2. Appylton quartered with arg. a fesse betwene 3 (cross crosslets fitchy drawn) gules, and then empaled with azur a bend betwene 6 martletes or. 3. arg. a fesse betwene 3 (cross crosslet drawn) gul. 4. azur a bend entre 6 martletes or borne by the name of Mountney.
This was one of four inscriptions recorded by the Chorographer in the church, all to the Appleton family, three, including Robert's, in the middle of the nave and one in the south aisle. This is the only one to survive but the brasses of John Colman, died 1506, John Wyncoll, died 1544, and an unknown lady of the Brewse family are present, the latter recorded as under the organ. The Chorographer failed to spot these brasses, as did Weever, although the latter gave a further fragmentary Appleton inscription, probably provided by Robert Ryece, whose wife was a later Mary Appleton.
Did William Dowsing's deputy for this area of Suffolk also miss the same brasses in 1644-
The brass of Robert Appleton was made at Bury St Edmunds and set in a stone of Lincolnshire 'marble'. It retains three of the four shields described by the Chorographer. The fourth shield is recorded as formerly loose in the vestry but not found in 1938 in the appendix to Mill Stephenson's List. Not recorded by the Chorographer but probably a victim of 1640s iconoclasm were two scrolls above the heads of Robert and Mary and an image on a square plate between them. Our member Philip Whittemore reported a marbler's mark on the slab in 1989. It is barely discernible by the naked eye and is in the bottom right-
Robert Appleton was thirty years old according to the inquisition post mortem taken in 1508 following his father's death in October 1507. Thomas Appleton had married Margaret, daughter and heir of Robert Crane and their eldest son was presumably named for his maternal grand-
References: D N J MacCulloch, The Chorography of Suffolk (published in 1976 as volume 19 by the Suffolk Records Society), p 96.
J Weever, Ancient Funerall Monuments (1631), p 759