SP9114 : The Tomb of Edmund West

taken 8 years ago, near to Marsworth, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

The Tomb of Edmund West
The Tomb of Edmund West
Marsworth is a village in Buckinghamshire, about two miles north of Tring and six miles east of Aylesbury. The village, whose name is Anglo Saxon in origin - Męssanwyrth meaning 'Męssa's enclosure' - grew significantly at the end of the 18th Century with the construction of the Grand Junction (now Grand Union) Canal, which passes through it.

The South Chapel of Marsworth parish church, 'All Saints', contains several memorials to the West family, the most important being a table tomb in memory of Edmund West (d. 1681). In the detail shown here, the Grim Reaper leans casually upon his scythe awaiting the inevitable, while the carved panel on the right depicts that event - two skulls in alabaster relief (husband and wife?), each crowned with a laurel wreath, appear above crossed bones. It is one of the few known works of piphanius Evesham, whose signature appears on the right hand bottom corner of the panel at the North end.
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Date Taken
Friday, 2 October, 2009   (more nearby)
Sunday, 11 October, 2009
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 919 145 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:49.3427N 0:40.0378W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 919 145
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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