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Breedon cadaver and Saxon stones in Bakewell Church

  


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Breedon cadaver and Saxon stones in Bakewell Church

Breedon cadaver

This unusual effigy can be found at the hilltop church of Breedon on the Hill. Lying at the base of a large impressive monument to George Shirley and his wife, erected in 1598, this cadaver, symbolizes in a rather grandiose and morbid way, the end that awaits even the most illustrious mortals. The translated Latin inscription makes for interesting reading, telling us the the poor wife died in childbirth at the age of 29. The whole monument was buit by Richard and Gabriel Royley of Burton on Trent. There are many other worthwhile monuments in this church, including a carving known as the Breedon Angel from around 800AD.

Breedon cadaver

Saxon and Norman stones in Bakewell Church

A rather unique collection in the south porch of All Saint's Church, Bakewell, of Saxon, Norman and medieval stones. Some have with interlace work on the them, some figures. All Saint's is a grand old church with much to see, including monuments to the Manner's family and to Godrey Foljambe.

Saxon and Norman stones in Bakewell Church

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