Picture Library - British Incised slabs 13th to 15th centuries

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British Incised slabs 13th to 15th centuries

Effigial incised slabs appeared in England before the Norman Conquest, but only survive in significant numbers from the late fourteenth century. Their increase in popularity at the expense of cross slabs may probably be due to the increasing importance of the Doctrine of Purgatory and the consequent need for personalised commemoration. The slabs at Mansfield, St. Bees, Edvin Ralph and St. Brides Major are examples of this surge in popularity of this monumental type. Slabs vary in quality, from poor work like that at Drayton, to high-quality works, like the fragmentary remains of the slab at Lincoln to Richard Gaynesburgh, architect of the Angel Choir. By the second half of the 15th century, the Midlands alabaster workshops were turning out large numbers of slabs of distinctive design and reasonable quality, like those at Newbold, Pusey and Scropton.

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Unknown priest with chalice, c.1280, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire


Prior Thomas de Cotyngham, c. 1380-90 St. Bees, Cumberland


Maud de Eddefin, c. 1310, Edvin Ralph, Herefordshire


John de Botiler, c. 1335, St Brides Major, Glamorgan, Wales


Richard de Gaynesburgh, c. 1340, Lincoln Cathedral


Adam Mallet, c. 1390, Irby-on-Humber, Lincolnshire


Two knights of the Turin family, 1411, Fovran, Scotland


William Grevell esq., 1440, Drayton, Oxfordshire


Thomas Boughton, 1454, Newbold-on-Avon, Warwickshire


Henry Dogett, 1491, Pusey, Berkshire


William Schower, 1495, Scropton, Derbyshire






Unknown priest with chalice, c.1280,

Mansfield, Nottinghamshire








Prior Thomas de Cotyngham, d. after 1380,

St. Bees, Cumberland

For more slabs at St. Bees see

http://www.stbees.org.uk/history/hist_stones.htm





Maud de Eddefin, c. 1310,

Edvin Ralph, Herefordshire







John de Botiler, c. 1335,

St Brides Major, Glamorgan, Wales







Richard de Gaynesburgh, c. 1340,

Lincoln Cathedral







Adam Mallet, c. 1390,

Irby-on-Humber, Lincolnshire








Two knights of the Turin family, 1411,

Fovran, Scotland


 






William Grevell esq., 1440,

Drayton, Oxfordshire







Thomas Boughton, 1454,

Newbold-on-Avon, Warwickshire

 






Henry Dogett, 1491,

Pusey, Berkshire







William Schower, 1495,

Scropton, Derbyshire  



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