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Report and Accounts, 2015


Theft from Itchen Stoke, Hampshire


Letter to members from the President, July 2015


Church Monuments Society Essay Prize


Theft from Kinnersley, Herefordshire


Theft from Wentworth, Yorkshire


100 Church Treasures


Church Monuments Society Events


Theftt of a brass from Letheringham, Suffolk


Theft of monumental brasses from East Peckham


Old Pathé News


MBS Bulletin online


Featured website


New Shire Book on Brasses


Theft of a monumental brass


Booklet on the care of brasses


Index to MBS Bulletin 1-100


Thefts of monumental brasses


New gift subscription scheme


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Report and Accounts


The Report and Accounts of the Monumental Brass Society for 2015 are now available.


Theft from Itchen Stoke

The loss the figure of Joan, wife of John Batmanson, 1518, was discovered onr recent

Morning  when the church of St Mary at Itchen Stoke, Hampshire, was opened.

The figure, once on a tomb-chest in the old church, was attached to a wall. The church

Is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) and the theft was reported  

By the Trust online on 13th January 2016:

http://www.visitchurches.org.uk/latestnews/2016-01-13/Medieval-figurative-brass-stolen-from-St-Marys-in-Itchen-Stoke/


If you have any information, please contact our conservation  officer,

    Martin Stuchfield,  

    Pentlow Hall,

    Cavendish,

    Suffolk CO10 7SP,

    Telephone: 01787 280255,

Email: martinstuchfield@pentlowhall.com


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Letter to members from the President, July 2015


Members are requested to read the attached letter .

Church Monuments Society Essay Prize

The Council of the Church Monuments Society has launched a biennial prize of £250 called the Church Monuments Essay Prize, to be awarded with a certificate for the best essay submitted in the relevant year. The aim of the competition is to stimulate more people, particularly those who are perhaps aiming to write on church monuments for the first time or who are not regular contributors, to submit material for the CMS journal Church Monuments. The competition is therefore open only to those who have not previously published an article in Church Monuments.

For further details, click  here.

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Theft from Kinnersley, Herefordshire




Stolen on 23rd March 2014

William Leviot, rector


If you have any information, please

contact our conservation  officer,

Martin Stuchfield,  

Pentlow Hall,

Cavendish,

Suffolk CO10 7SP,

Telephone: 01787 280255,

Email: martinstuchfield@pentlowhall.com



Recovered: see report in Bulletin 129.




Theft from Wentworth, Yorkshire







The inscription brass to Thomas Wentworth of Wentworth, 1548,

was discovered on  26th April 2014  to have been stolen. A small piece from the top left corner was broken off  during the theft

If you have any information, please contact our conservation  officer,

Martin Stuchfield,  

Pentlow Hall,

Cavendish,

Suffolk CO10 7SP,

Telephone: 01787 280255,

Email: martinstuchfield@pentlowhall.com





Also stolen:





          

Michael D’Arcy d. 1588 and his wife Margaret Wentworth








                   



A brass to Robert Wharam d. 1736 and sons of Robert Wharam was also taken .

The brass to William Charles, Viscount Milton, eldest son of the 4th Earl Fitzwilliam, d. 1835 was damaged and has now been  temporarily removed.

The brass inscriptions to Anne Wentworth, 1611 and  John Wentworth, 1625 have been removed for safe-keeping and not stolen as originally reported.



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100 Church Treasures


ChurchCare (the Cathedral and Church Buildings of the Archbishops’ Council) has identified a hundred artworks in churches that are currently most in need of conservation and has set up an appeal to raise the necessary money. Included are brasses and an incised slab. For further details click here.

 

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Theft of a brass from Letheringham, Suffolk                                               

Between  Friday 14 th and Friday 21st June 2013, the brass of Richard Wingfield was stolen from

Letheringham, Suffolk. It was fixed to a board that also had a shield from the brass of  Sir John

de Wingfield - the whole board was taken.


The brass was part of the subject of ‘A Norwich-Style Brass to Three Wingfield Brothers once at

Letheringham , Suffolk’ by John Blatchly and Roger Greenwood in the Society’s  Transactions,

volume XII, pages 300-311.


Anyone with information relating to this theft or the whereabouts of the stolen item is asked to

contact Suffolk Police on 101 reference LE/13/635




Recovered: see report in Bulletin 129.









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Theft of monumental brasses from East Peckham, Kent





The effigies of a civilian and wife of c. 1525 (MS II) have been stolen

 from East Peckham church in Kent. This was reported in the local paper :

click here to see the report.

Should anyone have any information, please contact Kent Police quoting

crime reference is YY/6028/13.







Church Monuments Society events 2014

The forthcoming Church Monuments Society programme of events for 2014 consists of:


Saturday 10th May 2014 - Excursion to Hertfordshire and Middlesex, 10th May 2014

Saturday 7th June - One Day Conference: ChurchYard Monuments through the Ages -A joint one day conference with the Mausolea and

Monuments Trust.

Saturday 19th July - Excursion in  South, West and East Yorkshire

Saturday 11th October - Excursion : Church Monuments in the Bury St Edmunds Area.

5th-7th September 2014 - symposium to be held jointly with the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Canterbury.

Details can be found here.


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Old Pathé News

John Page-Philips, a former president of the society, and Roger Greenwood, a former vice president, are featured on these two clips from the British Pathé News archive. They are best viewed in sequence, as the second consists of out-takes without commentary of which only the first segment (2¾ minutes) is relevant. Also featured is John’s shop in Kensington Church Street, which many may remember too.

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/coal-hole-rubber#.TtZE4l975Kc.

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/out-takes-cuts-from-cp-542-coal-hole-rubber-back

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MBS Bulletin online

The Society’s Bulletin is published three times a year and posted to members. It will now also appear on this site. Bulletins 113, 114, 115 and 116 are now on a separate page from which they can be downloaded: MBS Bulletin

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Featured website


Every few months, we will be featuring on the Links page a particular site from those links. The one currently featured is the site of the British Museum, specifically their collection search, using monumental brass as the criteria. Click on Links to discover more.


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Shire Book on Brasses

 

Shire Books has  published a new book on monumental brasses.

 It has been written on behalf of the MBS  by Sally Badham and

 is profusely illustrated by photographs taken by Martin Stuchfield

 especially for the book, which is of 64 pages and costs just £5.99.

 It was launched at  the MBS City Churches Day on 25 July 2010.









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Theft of a monumental brass

Have you seen this brass?

Stolen from St Benet's church in Cambridge, May 2008

                                                               

Please contact either the Hon. Conservation Officer

        Martin Stuchfield,

        Pentlow Hall

        Cavendish

        Suffolk CO10 7SP  or e-mail martinstuchfield@pentlowhall.com



         or Crime Stoppers (tel 0800 555111).





Booklet on the care of brasses


Our Conservation Officer, Martin Stuchfield, has produced a downloadable short booklet with guidelines to assist parishes on the care of brasses.  It is accessible via the Conservation page or  click here.


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Index to MBS Bulletin 1-100


To mark the issue of Bulletin 100, William Lack has compiled a complete index to Bulletins 1-100. This index comprises three sections:

1. A topographic list of references and illustrations, with all but the most trivial references to churches which contain, or have contained, brasses, incised slabs and allied monuments. Original references to the name of the person commemorated have been converted into references to the church concerned.


             2. A general index which is not intended to be comprehensive but to list major papers, lecture reports, conference reports, etc.


             3. An alphabetic index of books and important papers reviewed or described in the Notes on Books and Articles.


The link to the index is on the Publications index page, reached via the navigation bars on the top or side of this webpage.


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Gift subscription scheme


Why not give a subscription to the MBS as a gift? It is great value for money.

Click here  for further details.


Click here for application form


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Thefts of monumental brasses

 

Have you seen these brasses?


In the course a few months in 2002, there was an extremely worrying spate of thefts of monumental brasses, mostly from West Country churches. The pattern of locations targeted and the common modus operandi  for removing the brasses suggests that the thefts are probably the work of one person (probably with an accomplice to act as watch-out). A further brass was stolen from the same area in May 2004.


Over two years later, the Lacock figures were returned anonymously, being left in the the church. This may give hope that the other figures stolen at the same time will also be returned anonymously. In the meantime, if anyone sees the other brasses offered for sale, either in the UK or abroad  (stolen brasses may pass quickly through a succession of dealers before being offered for open sale), please alert the MBS, who are in touch with the parishes from which these brasses came. Anyone with information regarding these thefts is asked to contact urgently either:

    the Hon. Conservation Officer

        Martin Stuchfield,

        Pentlow Hall

        Cavendish

        Suffolk CO10 7SP  

or e-mail martinstuchfield@pentlowhall.com


        or Crime Stoppers (tel 0800 555111).


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STOLEN

in July 2002

from Lacock, Wilts


RETURNED

(and left in the church)

in October 2004




STOLEN

in July 2002

     From Langridge, Somt



STOLEN

in July 2002

     from Swainswick, Somt



STOLEN

in August 2002

from Fairford, Glouc




STOLEN

in August 2002

from Beckington, Somt




STOLEN

in May 2004

from Dauntsey, Wilts


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