TF6119 : St Margaret's church in Kings Lynn - Robert Braunche's brass

taken 7 years ago, near to West Lynn, Norfolk, Great Britain

St Margaret's church in Kings Lynn - Robert Braunche's brass
St Margaret's church in Kings Lynn - Robert Braunche's brass
For a copy of this brass on the south aisle wall see > LinkExternal link. Robert Braunche's is the better preserved of two brasses in the south aisle. It measures 272 by 158 centimetres and depicts him with his two wives. A panel below the three figures represents the peacock feast, only held for important people. Attendants to both sides of the 12 seated people can be seen carrying dishes containing peacocks. They are accompanied by a group of musicians.

St Margaret's church (the church's full dedication is to St Margaret, St Mary Magdalene and All the Virgin Saints), situated on Saturday Market Place, is the second largest medieval church in Norfolk, measuring 235 feet (72 metres) in length. The church > LinkExternal link was built on the site of a Norman priory church and whereas the south-west tower > LinkExternal link of the building has survived in its original form, the priory, of which no trace remains, was dissolved in the 1530s. The church was further rebuilt and added onto during the 13th century but when the spire and top of the north-west tower collapsed in 1740 much of the nave was destroyed. The building was reconstructed in the 19th century, restoring the transepts, removing a row of shops on the north side and installing a clock > LinkExternal link on the south-west tower which shows the time of high tides. Beside the west doorway there are a number of markers > LinkExternal link recording the high water levels of 19th and 20th century town floods. Inside the church, the 14th century carved misericords > LinkExternal link in the chancel are a reminder of the former priory status and the screens in the aisles > LinkExternal link date from the 14th century also. The Flemish-style reredos > LinkExternal link dates from the late 1800s. The stained glass windows > LinkExternal link were installed in the 19th and 20th centuries, with the east window > LinkExternal link being an unusual round shape. The glass it contains was made by Ward and Hughes. Two of the most famous and largest C14 brasses in England can be found in the south aisle > LinkExternal link - LinkExternal link. They are believed to be of Flemish workmanship and commemorate wealthy merchants who were mayors of King's Lynn. The other brasses in the church (there is a record of over 40) were sold by churchwardens in order to raise money for repairs and some others were stolen by a gravedigger who, after having been accused of theft, hanged himself in the belfry.
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Thursday, 17 June, 2010   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 19 June, 2010
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Church interior   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 618 197 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:45.0741N 0:23.7525E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 618 197
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