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    February 2003     Nicholas Gaynesford, 1498, Carshalton, Surrey

    March 2003         George Rede, c. 1492, Fovant, Wiltshire

    April 2003           Thomas Stathum, 1470, Morley, Derbyshire  

    May 2003            Richard Torryngton, c.1380-90, Gt. Berkhamsted, Herts                              

    June 2003            Adam Ertham, 1382, Arundel, Sussex

    July 2003             John Lawe, c.1480, Derby Cathedral, Derbyshire

    August 2003        William Frith, 1386, & John Bradwell, Shottesbrook, Berks 

    September 2003  Sir Richard Fitzlewes, 1528, Ingrave, Essex

    October 2003      Joan, Lady Cromwell, 1479, Tattershall, Lincolnshire 

    November 2003   John Gyger, 1504, Tattershall, Lincolnshire

    December 2003    Richard Disney, d. 1578, Norton Disney, Lincolnshire 

    January 2004       Joan de Cobham, c. 1305-10, Cobham, Kent

    February 2004      Henry Notingham, c. 1405, Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

    March 2004          John Wybarne, 1505,  Ticehurst, Sussex

    April 2004            William Bradschawe, 1537, Wendover, Buckinghamshire

    May 2004             Thomas Tompkins, 1629, Llandinabo, Herefordshire

    June 2004             William de Wermington, c. 1330, Crowland, Lincolnshire

    July 2004              Lucasz de Gorka, 1475, Poznan, Poland

    August 2004         Unknown knight, c. 1475, Society of Antiquaries, London

    September 2004    Sir Andrew de Herley, 1382, Allensmore, Herefordshire

    October 2004        Nicholas Fraunceis, 1526, Combe Florey, Somerset

    November 2004    Prior Thomas Nelond, 1432,Cowfold, Sussex

    December 2004     Unknown, c. 1500, Cobham, Surrey

    January 2005         John Hardman, 1867, St. Mary's Convent, Handsworth

    February 2005       Sir John Say, 1473, Broxbourne, Herts

    March 2005           Sir Hugh Hastings, 1347, Elsing, Norfolk

    April 2005              Sir John Clerk, 1539, Thame, Oxfordshire.

    May 2005              Olivier de la Chapelle, 1508, La Chapelle-Rainsouin

    June 2005               Katherine Franckleyn, 1552, Sturry, Kent

    July 2005                Sir Edward Warner, 1565, Little Plumstead, Norfolk

    August 2005            Thomas Tonge, 1472, Beeford, Yorkshire

    September 2005       William Wadham, 1411, llminster, Somerset

    October 2005           Margaret Chute (d. 1614),  Marden, Herefordshire

    November 2005        John Strete (d. 1406), Upper Hardres, Kent

    December 2005        Edward Grymston, 1478, Thorndon, Suffolk

    January 2006            Elizabeth Tempest, 1845, Skipton, Yorkshire

    February 2006          Sir Thomas Brudenell, 1586, Deene, Northamptonshire

    March 2006              Thomas King, 1523, Rendham, Suffolk

    April 2006                Brother Robert Beauner, c. 1450-60, St Alban's Cathedral, Hertfordshire

    May 2006                Lady Anne Danvers, 1539, Dauntsey, Wiltshire

    June 2006                Thomas, Lord Berkeley, 1392, Wotton-under-edge, Gloucestershire

    July 2006                 John Eldred, 1632, Great Saxham,Suffolk

    August 2006            Dame Agnes Jordan, 1546, Denham, Buckinghamshire

    September 2006      King Eric Menved and Queen Ingeborg, 1319, Ringsted, Denmark

    October 2006          Margaret Lambart (d.1608), Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire

    November 2006      Archbishop Samuel Harsnett, 1631, Chigwell, Essex   

    December 2006       John Samwell and wife, c. 1505, Cottisford, Oxfordshire

    January 2007            Hugues des Hazards, (1517) bishop of Toul, Blénod-lès-Toul

    February 2007         Valentine Edvarod, 1574, St Nicholas at Wade, Kent

    March 2007             Edmund Hunt, 1558, Hindolveston, Norfolk

    April 2007               Sir Peter Rede, 1568, St Peter, Norwich,  Norfolk

    May 2007               Sir Adam de Clyfton, Methwold, 1367, Norfolk

    June 2007                George Talbot, Fourth Earl of Shrewsbury, 1538, Sheffield, Yorkshire

    July 2007                 Walter Curson, 1527, and Isabel, his wife, Waterperry, Oxfordshire

    August 2007             John Byrkhede, d. 1468, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex

    September 2007       Lost brass of a lady, c.1415, Castleacre, Norfolk

    October 2007           Christopher Daubeney, 1587, Sharrington, Norfolk

    November 2007        Edward Naylor, 1632, Bigby, Lincolnshire

    December 2007        William Armorer, 1560, All Hallows-by-the-Tower, London

    January 2008             A Lady, probably Agnes de Bradeston, c1370, Winterbourne, Gloucestershire

    February 2008           John Strensall, 1408, Boston, Lincolshire

    March 2008              Ann Fitch, 1593, Little Canfield, Essex

    April 2008                 Jeha(n) Buccilier and his wife, Police, 1494, Toul, France
    May 2008                 William de Grey [1495] and his wives Mary and Grace, Merton, Norfolk
    June 2008                  John Stonor, 1512, Wraysbury, Buckinghamshire
    July 2008                  Thomas Cod, 1465, St Margaret at Antioch, Rochester, Kent
    August 2008              John Bartelot, d. 1428/9, and wife Joan de Stopham, Stopham, Sussex

    September 2008         Edmund Clere, d. 1488, and wife Elizabeth, Stokesby, Norfolk

    October 2008            Reginald Spycer, 1442, and wives, Cirencester, Gloucestershire

    November 2008         Ann Tyrell, 1638, Stowmarket, Suffolk

    December 2008          Margaret Bacon, 1626/7, Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire

    January 2009              Unknown civilian, c 1520, Godmanchester, Huntingdonshire

    February 2009            John Alnwyk, 1460, Surlingham, Norfolk

    March 2009               Lady Sydney Wynne, Llanrwst, Denbighshire

    April 2009                 Gotthard and Margaretha von Höveln, 1571, Marienkirche, Lübeck

    May 2009                 Dorothie Brewster, 1613, Willingale Doe, Essex

    June 2009                 Sir John de Wyngefeld, 1389, Letheringham, Suffolk

    July 2009                  Gabriel Pluyette, 1634, Roissy-en-France, Val d'Oise, France

    August 2009              Incised slabs to lepers, Dijon, France

    September 2009        Lost Brass: Ralph de Hengham, St Paul’s Cathedral, London

    October 2009           Reginald de Assche, Ash-next-Wrotham, c. 1380

    November 2009        John Repps, 1561, & wives Margaret & Thomasene, West Walton, Norfolk

    December 2009        Francis Saunders, 1585, & wives Elizabeth, Eleanor and Frances, Welford, Northamptonshire

    January 2010            Inscription on font to Sir Ralph Pudsay, his third wife Edwina & his son William, Bolton-by-Bowland, Yorkshire

    February 2010          John Kyngeston, 1514, and wife Susan, Childrey, Berkshire

    March 2010             Anne Bedingfield, 1641, Darsham, Suffolk

    April 2010                Ambroise de Villiers, 1503, formerly in the abbey of Notre-Dame-du-Val, Seine et Oise, France

    May 2010                Christopher Playters, 1547 (C17 engraving), Sotterley, Suffolk

    June 2010                Nicholas Toke, 1680, and his three daughters, Great Chart, Kent

    July 2010                 Duchess Zedena, 1510, Meissen cathedral, Saxony, Germany

   August 2010             Anne Butts, 1609, Redgrave, Suffolk

  September 2010        Thomas Shernborne, 1458/9, and wife Jamon, Shernborne, Norfolk

   October 2010           Margery or Anne Clopton, 1420, Long Melford, Suffolk

  November 2010         Dirick Lode, 1507, St John’s church, Cēsis, Latvia

  December 2010          William & Margaret Stapilton, c. 1440, Helhoughton, Norfolk

    January 2011            Brass lease, 1568, St Mary’s Hall, Coventry

   February 2011          Agnes & Jane Hopper, 1625, St Cross, Oxford

   March 2011            Ralph Blenerhaysett, 1475, Frenze, Norfolk

     April 2011              Arthur Dericote, 1562, and four wives,  Mary, Emma, Margaret and Joan, Hackney, Middlesex

      May 2011             Geoffrey Boleyn, 1440, and wife Alice, Salle, Norfolk

      June 2011              Bishop Johann II von Schleinitz, Zeitz, Germany

      July 2011               Catherine Verney, 1657, Compton Verney, Warwickshire

    August 2011            Thomas Cawarden, 1592/3, and wife, Mavesyn Ridware, Staffordshire

  September 2011        Joost van Amstel van Mijnden, 1554, Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht, Netherlands

   October 2011           Susanna Gartside, 1668, Rochdale, Lancashire

  November 2011        Sir William Burgate, 1409, Burgate, Suffolk

   December 2011        Stillborn son of Elector Johann Georg I, 1608, Freiberg Cathedral, Germany

     January 2012          Thomas Tyard, 1505/6, & Philip Tenison, 1660/1, Bawburgh, Norfolk

    February 2012         Thomas and Elizabeth Drake, c. 1520, Forncett St Peter, Norfolk

      March 2012           John Browne, 1581, and wife, Halesworth, Suffolk

       April 2012            Johan von Heringen, 1505, Erfurt Cathedral, Germany

       May 2012             Richard & Joan Foxwist, 1500, Llanbeblig, Wales

       June 2012             Member of the Bacon family, Gorleston, Suffolk, early fourteenth century

       July 2012              Anne Bulwer, 1604/5, Guestwick, Norfolk

     August 2012           William Styrlay, 1536, Rauceby, Lincolnshire

  September 2012        Katherine Howard, 1465, engraved c. 1535, Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk

    October 2012          Zacharias Ridt, 1586, Poznań, Poland

  November 2012        Alice Laurence, 1531, and husbands, Middleton, Lancashire

  December 2012         Sir Andrew Luttrell, 1390, Irnham, Lincolnshire

    January 2013           Martha Lister, 1663, Sheffield Cathedral, Yorkshire

   February 2013         Thomas Bokenham, 1460, St Stephen's, Norwich

    March 2013            Thomas Kinnersley, c. 1530, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

      April 2013             Canon Johannes (Jan) Craghe, 1524, Sint-Maartenskerk, Sint Maartensdijk (Zeeland, Netherlands)

       May 2013             Indent of Sir Thomas Felton, KG, 1381, and his son Thomas, East Barsham, Norfolk

       June 2013             Robert Hallum, Bishop of Salisbury, 1416, Konstanz Cathedral (Baden-Württemberg)

       July 2013              Henry Hobart, 1561, Loddon, Norfolk

     August 2013           Lydia Gore, 1654/5, Alderton, Wiltshire

  September 2013       Maud Harcourt and two husbands, Walter Cookesey and Sir John Phelip, 1415, Kidderminster , Worcestershire

   October 2013         George, son of Roger Townsend, c. 1505, East Raynham, Norfolk

  November 2013       Elizabeth Whipple, 1617, Dickleburgh, Norfolk

  December 2013        Bishop Heinrich von Spiegel, 1380, Paderborn Dom, Germany

    January 2014          Anthony Hansart and wife Katherine, 1507, March , Cambridgeshire

   February 2014         Robert Bumpsted, 1479, Sotterley, Suffolk

     March 2014           Iven Reventlow, 1569, St. Hippolyt’s Church, Lebrade,  Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

      April 2014            Sir Robert de Tye, 1415, Barsham, Suffolk

       May 2014            Henry Stanley, 1528, Hillingdon, Middlesex

      June 2014             Lucas Goodyere, 1547, Aldenham, Hertfordshire

       July 2014             Adriaen Cornelis Clayssenzoon, 1524, Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk, Kapelle (Zeeland, Netherlands)

     August 2014           Sir William Calthorpe, 1420, Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk

  September 2014        Sir William Fitz-william, 1534, Marholm, Northamptonshire

   October 2014          William, 1523, & Alice Brugge, Longdon, Worcestershireshire

  November 2014       Roger, 1542/3, & Mary Gifford, Middle Claydon,  Buckinghamshire

   December 2014       Hermann Schomaker, 1406, Bardowick, Germany

     January 2015         Richard Coton, 1556, & wife Margaret, 1560, engraved later, Whittington, Gloucestershire

    February 2015        Simon Boleyn, 1482, Salle, Norfolk

      March 2015          John, 1493, & Elizabeth Sothill, Stockerston, Leicestershire

       April 2015           Edward and Margaret Gage, 1595, Framfield, Sussex

        May 2015          William de Audley, 1365, Horseheath, Cambridgeshire

        June 2015          Walter Dotyn, 1603/4, Oxford, St Michael

        July 2015           Benet ___, died 1519, and his wife, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

      August 2015        Thomas Capp, 1545/6, Norwich, St Stephen

   September 2015     Adam von Herzenradt, 1483, Brauweiler, Germany

    October 2015        Humbert de Chissé, 1458, Geneva, Switzerland

  November 2015       Benedykt z Koźmina, 1559, Dominican Church, Kraków, Poland

  December 2015       Anna, Princess of Denmark & Electress of Saxony, 1585, St Mary’s Cathedral, Freiberg, Saxony, Germany

    January 2016         Gijsbert Willemszoen, 1511, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

   February 2016        Talbot family, 1821, Wymondham, Norfolk

     March 2016          Mathew Rudd, 1615, Chelmsford, Essex

       April 2016           Barbara Antoni, 1510, Isenhagen, Germany

        May 2016          John Hynkley, 1432, and wife Margaret, 1442, engraved after 1454, Great Thurlow, Suffolk

        June 2016          Indent, unknown priest, Seton Collegiate Church, East Lothian, Scotland

        July 2016           Margaret de Buslingthorpe, 1369, Bothamsall, Nottinghamshire

      August 2016        Ralph Fuloflove, 1479, West Harling, Norfolk

  September 2016      Michael Hare, 1611, and two wives, Bruisyard, Suffolk

    October 2016        Man in armout, c.1410, Holbeach Lincolnshire

  November 2016      Thomas Holte, 1545 & wife, Aston, Warwickshire

  December 2016       Richard Gereys & wife Jane, 1574, Constantine, Cornwall

     January 2017         John Beton, 1570, Edensor, Derbyshire

    February 2017       William and Elizabeth Berdwell [1490], West Harling, Norfolk

      March 2017         Duchess Katharina of Saxony, 1561, Freiberg Cathedral, Germany

       April 2017           Thomas, 1458, & Margery Hesketh, Rufford, Lancashire

        May 2017          John Weston, 1566(C17 engraving), Rugeley, Staffordshire

       June 2017           Johann von Rintelen, Rector,   1376, St Petri Braunschweig, Niedersachsen, Germany

       July 2017            Sir George Throckmorton 15[52] & wife, Coughton, Warwickshire

     August 2017         Hercules Raynsford, 1583, & wife, Clifford Chambers, Warwickshire

   September 2017      Lady Martha Chedworth, 1775, Erwarton, Suffolk

    October 2017        Alice Paston, 1608/9, Oxnead, Norfolk

   November 2017     Nicholas (1522) & Elizabeth Boone, Edmonton, Middlesex

   December 2017     Johan Füchting, 1637, Füchtingshof, Lübeck, Germany

     January 2018        Dame Millicent Meryng, 1419, East Markham, Nottinghamshire

    February 2018       Nicholas Purefey, 1545, & wife Jane, Fenny Drayton, Leicestershire

      March 2018         John Feld, 1474, & son John, Standon, Hertfordshire  

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Brass of the Month

Copyright: Jon Bayliss

    Weever, in his Antient Funerall Monuments of 1631 gives inscriptions from a number of monuments at Standon among which the Feld brass does not, on the face of it, appear despite occupying a prominent tomb-chest in the church. On closer examination Weever includes an inscription to a John Isley, alderman of London, who died in 1474 and had a son John. A little research indicates that there was no alderman of London called Isley at this time. If the inscription is seen as a paraphrase of that on John Feld's brass with a mistaken surname, the position becomes clearer.  The inscription occupied a chamfer running around three side of the top slab of the chest but only that on the long side remains and the name Feld does not occur on this part. It does include a full date of death for one of the effigies and a day and month for the son John who was a squire. The initial words 'Stapull at Caleys' point to the company of which the first effigy was a member. The heraldic jupon of the second effigy and the shield with the same arms below it have the arms of Feld, [Azure] a fess [or] between three eagles displayed [arg] goutty [gules].

    The elder John Feld is well documented. John Green Waller's account of him is remarkably full and deserves to be read as giving an account of him largely from sources other than those used here. From the beginning he is usually called a stockfishmonger but by 1448 he was also a merchant of the staple of Calais. In 1442 his name appears alongside others who had helped resolve a trade dispute between the City of London and Bayonne and by the early 1450s he was also involved in the governance of the City of London. In 1454 he was elected as one of the Sheriffs of London and appears among the Aldermen of London following the completion of his term as sheriff. He makes his last appearnce as an alderman in late 1461 and in 1463 he was granted a release from his civic duties on grounds of ill-health, from which he later must have made at least a partial recovery.   

    Like many men at this time, John Feld was litigious but on one occasion in 1445 this backfired on him: he was on his way to the Court of Common Pleas as plaintiff in a case against Richard Herst of Walberswick, Suffolk, when he was arrested and imprisoned. As a result, the mayor and sheriffs were ordered to bring him before the Westminster justices to explain why he had been taken and detained. His case against Herst appears to have dragged on for at least a couple years more, like many actions did, as Richard 'Hoist', husbandman of Walberswick, and John 'Hoist', also a husbandman of Walberswick, failed to appear in court in 1447 regarding a debt of 100s to Feld. The same amount was also claimed as damages in another action by Feld against Christina Bremer alias Chapman, a widow from Tisbury, Wiltshire, who had in 1441 bought five barrels of salmon and the same quantity of white herring for eight pounds but had failed to pay. This action was also long-lived with four mentions in one term of the 1448 Common Pleas alone.

    John Feld the younger is much less documented but in 1476 Cecily, Duchess of York, Edward IV's mother, appointed her servant John Feld keeper of her park of Standon for her life. He is also found participating in local government alongside other Hertfordshire worthies. He and his wife Agnes were the executor's of his father's will, which involved bringing a number of action for debt against a few individuals in the Court of Common Pleas in 1475. A gentleman of London and Worcestershire named John Ottyr seems to have been particularly reluctant to pay. The younger John's year of death is confirmed by the Inquisition Post Mortem (IPM) which revealed that his heir was a daughter, Dorothy. He had considerable property, especially in Kent but also Hertfordshire and Essex, the latter including the manor of Stepyll Hall, which his father had bought from another fishmonger, John Beauford. Dorothy Feld's own IPM in 1538 as the wife of Sir William Fyllol  reveals that she was seised of the same manor during her life.

    The inscription on the brass, including the missing first part in brackets, read [Here lyeth John Feld, somtym Alderman of London, a merchant of the] Stapull of Caleys the whech decessed the xvj day of August in the yere of our lord god M CCCC lxxiiij Also her lyeth John hys son Squire ye whech decessed ye iiij day of May ye yere of . . . . The missing final part presumably started  'MCCCClxxvii' and would have concluded with a prayer, perhaps why it is missing. The last part of the remaining inscription (ye iiij day of May ye yere of) appears to be in a different script from the rest, indicating that the younger John was responsible for the erection of the monument and presumably its unusual father and son format, his date of death being added later. The miscopying by Weever or his informant seems to included the correct number of vertical strokes in the younger John's year of death but interpreted them as iiij rather than vij. Weever has Here lyeth John Isley somtym Alderman of London, who dyed …. M.cccclxxiiii, and Iohn his sonn, who dyed the same yere. A figure of a man in civilian dress, originally assumed to be that of John Curteys, whose inscription is given by Weever and who died in 1465, has more recently been seen as John Isley's brass on the strength of the remaining shield being interpreted as [Ermine] a fess [gules], the arms of Isley of Sundridge, Kent. As the date given by Weever cannot be supported, the question arises of which John Isley it might represent. John Isley, younger brother of William Isley of Sundridge, would be a candidate. His son John was William's heir when the latter died in 1463 but there is no indication of the date of death of the elder John Isley nor where he lived. It is likely that the shield in question is of lead rather than brass and thus less clear than one of brass would but it clearly bears a fess. However the brass is now under a fixed carpet and not therefore cannot currently be studied. The previous acription to John Curteys is interesting as he was a London stockfishmonger like Feld and they were joint plaintiffs in a Common Pleas action. Agnes, the widow of John Curteys, undertook an action against Feld in the Court of Chancery to recover the whole amount of a partly paid obligation, indicating that the two worked together more than once. While the most common arms of Curteys/Curtis could not be confused with that on the brass, that described as Sable a fess between three horse's beads couped bridled gules, if depicted on a worn lead shield, just might be.

    The Feld brass is one of the most attractive London-made brasses of the late fifteenth century but rarely depicted in its entirety. John Feld the elder is shown wearing his aldermanic robe and his son an heraldic tabard over his armour, echoing the charge of the shield below his feet. The other three shields have the arms of the Staple of Calais (mutilated), of the City of London and John Feld's merchant mark.   


J G & L A B Waller, A Series of Monumental Brass:

Letter Books of the City of London, K & L

Calendars of the Patent Rolls &  Calendars of the Close Rolls

Calendars of the Plea and Memoranda Rolls of the City of London, 1437-1457 & 1458-82   

Court of the Common Pleas:

On the face of it, this subject of this month's brass is straightforward: the elder John Feld, Alderman of London and a merchant of the Staple of Calais, was successful enough to enable his son John to acquire the rank of esquire. The problem is that the brass was apparently ignored despite others in the church being recorded in the seventeeth century.

John Feld, 1474, & son John, Standon, Hertfordshire

Copyright: Jon Bayliss