Brass of the Month
January’s brass of the month is one of many now anonymous memorials.
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Not all brasses are large and magnificent memorials representing the rich and powerful. Many are relatively small and apparently insignificant but represent a cross section of middle-
One such is this unknown civilian, now mounted on a block of Iroko wood and bolted to the North Wall of St Mary¹s Church, Godmanchester, Huntingdonshire. It is one of relatively few brasses remaining in the county of Cromwell.
The figure is dated around 1520 and was engraved in London. It portrays a civilian in a long fur-
A manuscript by the Antiquary Richard Gough (died 1809), now in the Bodleian Library notes that one of the wives (who was shown wearing a pedimental head-
By 1981 a small part of one of the feet had broken off. A photograph of a rubbing in the Inskipp Ladds Collection at the Norris Library and Museum in At Ives, shows the missing foot. When the brass was removed to allow for new flooring, the opportunity was taken to have the brass repaired, cleaned and mounted in its wooden mount by Bryan Egan in his workshop in Milton Keynes. It was returned in 1983. This was not the first trip the brass had made to a repair workshop as there is evidence on the back of a bodged 19th Century repair.