SK4928 : Henry Sacheverell I

near to Ratcliffe on Soar, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Henry Sacheverell I
Henry Sacheverell I
Near that of his father and mother LinkExternal link is the tomb of the first Henry Sacheverell who died on 29th July 1558, with his ‘wyf’ Lucie, daughter and heir of John Pole of Hartington who predeceased him on 10th February 1554. Like his father, Henry wears full plate armour and Lucie wears a heavy cloak and a dress billowing at her feet with a fashionable Elizabethan farthingale. The tomb chest is decorated with sixteen plain shields, presumably once painted with heraldic motifs, supported by 15, mostly female ‘weepers’. There are doubts that the weepers represent his offspring as only two sons and a daughter are recorded and he instructed his executors to "make a tomb of alabaster or other fine stone . . . with a Scripture to be engraven thereon ... to the intent that the beholders and readers of the same may remember his Soul and all Christian Souls and pray to God for the same."
Sacheverell family
Holy Trinity church has some fine alabaster table tombs commemorating four successive generations of the influential Sacheverell family, Lords of the Manor of Ratcliffe-on-Soar and nearby Barton-in-Fabis from the early 16th century to the middle of the 17th century. The Sacheverells supported the Lancastrian cause during the Wars of the Roses and Parliament in the English Civil War, contributory factors to their wealth and importance, but also probably why their magnificent family tombs escaped the iconoclasm of the Commonwealth.
The tombs were restored to their present condition in 1973 through a generous donation from the Pilgrim Trust. They were dismantled, cleaned and reassembled incorporating a waterproof membrane in the tomb chest.
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