Picture Library - British incised slabs 16th to 18th centuries

(Use the 'back' button to return.)

British incised slabs 16th to 18th centuries

Early 16th century incised slabs in Britain include very fine examples like that at Blithfield and others of mediocre quality, as at Oathlaw. Late 16th century slabs often include much fussy detail, but later slabs, which are often mural rather than floor memorials, are simpler and more pleasing. Amongst early 17th century examples, the simple slab at Beaconsfield and the more complex composition at Chalgrove deserve to be better known. Unusual designs were often found in a limited area, suggesting the work of local craftsmen. At Thame, are two lozenge-shaped slabs of white marble to children of the Coates family who died in infancy; Simon Coates was only 3 when he died. The 1716 slab to Robert Cowcher, with a low relief figure in a recessed medallion, is another distinctive local type.

Click the links below for the corresponding thumbnail image. Click any image for an enlarged view. 

Richard Beich, 1520, Oathlaw, Scotland


Sir Lewis Bagot, 1534, Blithfield, Staffordshire


Adam Ottley, 1578, Pitchford, Shropshire


Thomas Winchcombe, 1623, Chalgrove, Oxfordshire


Thomas Waller, 1627, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire


Simon Coates, 1644, Thame, Oxfordshire


Robert Cowcher, 1716, Rousham, Oxfordshire






Richard Beich, 1520,

Oathlaw, Scotland







Sir Lewis Bagot, 1534,

Blithfield, Staffordshire







Adam Ottley, 1578,

Pitchford, Shropshire








Thomas Winchcombe, 1623,

Chalgrove, Oxfordshire







Thomas Waller, 1627,

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire







Simon Coates, 1644,

Thame, Oxfordshire







Robert Cowcher, 1716, Rousham, Oxfordshire




















Click here for the Picture library

Copyright © 2002 Monumental Brass Society (MBS)

Page last updated 01 February 2002